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Getting to the Core of the State’s New School Funding Model

A complex new school funding model was implemented by the Washington State legislature in 2018, following the state Supreme Court ruling that Washington had not been meeting its paramount duty to fully fund basic education for decades.

While the new legislation resulted in an increase of state funding to education, the ability for districts to fund education locally was dramatically reduced, resulting in significant financial challenges for many school districts. Without a legislative fix, district leaders are bracing for cuts to staff and programs in the coming years in order to maintain financial viability.

The new legislation also left big gaps in funding for special education, school counselors, nurses, and other critical services and has caused significant inequities among school districts (even neighboring school districts) across the state.

Every school district’s financial situation is unique, making it hard to compare apples to apples.  Read more about the core issues.



At its regular meeting on February 19, 2020, the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution in support of school safety. The resolution affirms the Board’s commitment to the students, educators, administrators and families in the Puget Sound region. 

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As superintendents of the Puget Sound region representing nearly 40% of students across Washington state, 53% of whom are students of color, our unwavering focus is on students. Our 2020 legislative priorities are aimed to create opportunities for each and every student to succeed in school and in life, and to eliminate opportunity gaps based on race, income and other factors that have historically disadvantaged young people.

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2020 Regional High School Art Show Flyer

Save the date! The annual Regional High School Art Show award will be hosted at the Puget Sound Educational Service District on March 18, 2020. Online registration will begin on December 1, 2019 until January 17, 2020. For more information please visit

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John Welch Speaking at School Safety Press Conference

Leaders from the state’s Educational Service Districts (ESDs) joined legislators, school staff and student representatives on September 22, for a news conference urging broader support and additional funding for school safety and student mental health services.

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This month’s installment of Stories Across the Agency focuses on Dr. Hilary Loeb, Director of Strategy & Evaluation at Puget Sound Educational Service District. Over the summer Dr. Loeb and Dr. Janet Gordon of Kaufman and Associates were awarded the E. Robert Stephens Award in recognition of their work to elevate the effectiveness and transparency of the state’s ESDs.

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We Support the King County Promise

On August 28, 2019, the Martin Luther King County Council passed historic legislation investing $318 million to improve educational outcomes for children and youth over the next 16 years. The investment, funded through voter-approved Sound Transit 3 proceeds, supports King County children and youth across the entire age spectrum, from early learning through postsecondary completion.

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