October 13, 2011
Washington’s budget is in serious trouble once again. Governor Christine Gregoire has asked state agencies
to trim another 10 percent from their budgets, but Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said he's not
going to do it.
Dorn says that cutting that much from the schools is unacceptable,
and he's defying the governor's order to submit a new budget. The state superintendent maintains that cuts to
full-day kindergarten and class-size reduction for high-poverty schools, among others, are
Lawmakers are returning to Olympia in November for a special
session to deal with another shortfall that could grow to $2 billion.
ordered his staff not to submit recommendations on where to cut. KOHO’s Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke with
Superintendant Dorn by phone.