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Senate Budget: Another Try to Pay for WA Education

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SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington state Senate could be making about a $1 billion down payment toward a Supreme Court order to put more money into the state education system.

A coalition of state senators released their budget proposal this week to help lift the financial burden from local school districts.

Senate leaders say the proposal is their attempt to pay for education first, but others say it takes money from the needy and other vital areas.

The Senate's proposal would put more money into classroom materials and supplies, pay for student transportation, make a down payment on full-day kindergarten, and put more money into programs that help failing schools.

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