WA OSPI wants free school supplies for kids, and more


WA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal has unveiled another ambitious plan for public schools.

Reykdal will ask lawmakers to cover many expenses, even school supplies

“Washington continues to lag the national average for the share of our gross state product (GSP) that we invest in our public schools.”

This was part of a statement by SPI Reykdal on investing in WA’s public schools, he also said the state is home to some of the most successful businesses in the world – perhaps hinting that the state can allow his revealing proposals.

Reykdal recently said he would ask the legislature to prepare legislation to ensure that all K-12 students in public schools receive free meals, regardless of financial need. Now, in his latest proposals, he said he would ask for more:

“The Superintendent’s budget aims to expand student access to second language learning throughout elementary school, hands-on science learning opportunities, regional pre-learning programs to prepare students to future jobs in trades, early literacy for our youngest learners, and more.”

And more is planned:

“..the superintendent seeks to eliminate student and family costs of basic education, which is a barrier for many students. This includes no longer requiring families to purchase school supplies, pay fees test or course fees for high school dual credit courses (e.g., Running Start and Advanced Placement), or pay for meals during the school day.”

For a full overview of the proposed education budget, click here.

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