Inslee unveils $2.3 billion education plan, to keep freeze on tuition

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Gov. Jay Inslee (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his plan Monday night to put $2.3 billion more into eduction — from preschool through college and workforce training — and for meeting the state’s obligation to the Supreme Court a year early.

But he won’t say where he’s going to get the money until Thursday, when he releases his full budget proposal.

On Monday, he announced his education policy initiatives at a town hall meeting in person in Bellevue and on video screens in Moses Lake, Spokane and Tacoma.

In addition to budget plans related to the McCleary v. Washington education lawsuit, in which the court held the state was failing to fully fund education for its citizens, the governor is proposing:

— Two more years without a college tuition increase.

— Raises for public school teachers.

— More money for college scholarships.

— Dollars for state-funded preschool.

—More money for job training and pre-apprentice programs at community colleges.


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