May 25, 2011
A tentative agreement
to fill Washington state's $5 billion budget shortfall includes cuts to teacher salaries.
Details of the $32
billion spending plan released Tuesday include a 1.9 percent cut for teacher pay and a 3 percent cut for other K-
12 employees. Those changes will save the state $179 million over the next two years. Lawmakers are also moving to
suspend voter-approved cost-of-living adjustments for education employees, saving another $300 million.
employees face a 3 percent salary reduction, something that hasn't happened in decades of recent recordkeeping.
Teachers are obviously disappointed with the budget cuts. Meanwhile, Budget negotiators say they ended up
making budget reductions totaling $4.6 billion. They covered an additional $500 million largely by transferring
funds from various accounts.
Wenatchee Bureau Chief Steve Hair spoke with Eastmont Education Association
President, Tammy Grubb to get a sense of how the cuts are being greeted by local teachers…