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Ballots are here and it’s time to vote and send them off. There are only two boxes to fill in: “Yes” on Bainbridge Island School District Proposition No. 1 and “Yes” on Bainbridge Island School District Proposition No. 2.

Tech Open House music_optProposition 1 is a renewal of an expiring levy for education programs and operations (EP & O levy). The approximate levy rate per $1000 of assessed property value is $1.81.

Proposition 2 is a renewal of the expiring school technology levy. The approximate levy rate per $1000 of assessed property value is $.42 in 2015, and $.41 in 2016 and 2017.

My reasons for saying this is an “of course” vote are simple.

The state of Washington is not meeting its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education. In 2012, the state Supreme Court ruled that our legislature has failed to meet its obligation under the state constitution to fully fund education. The Court set a timeline for reform, but the legislature has not made adequate progress toward the goals set by the Court. (more…)

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