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State Superintendant Defies Governor's Request for 10% Budget Cut Proposal

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

unconstitutional.

    Lawmakers are returning to Olympia in November for a special

session to deal with another shortfall that could grow to $2 billion.

    Dorn has

ordered his staff not to submit recommendations on where to cut. KOHO’s Isaac Kaplan-Woolner spoke with

Superintendant Dorn by phone.


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