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Passage of I-1033 would gut K-12 funding

Community members should know this year's ballot contains a vote on Initiative 1033. It is another Tim Eyman-sponsored initiative. If this initiative passes, it could translate into an $8.5 million cut over the next five years to Grandview Public Schools and even more to Sunnyside Public Schools.

The effect of this particular initiative is to establish new limits on the growth in the revenue Washington state can collect to run state activities. Currently, 41 percent of the money the state collects in revenue is allocated to K-12 education. Based on the Office of Financial Management's projections, the passage of Initiative 1033 would reduce state revenue by an estimated $5.9 billion by the year 2015.

If the K-12 education remains at 41 percent of the budget, the $5.9 billion reduction could translate into an $8.5 million cut to Grandview Public schools over the next five years.

As you already know, there have been very serious cuts to K-12 funding adopted in the 2009-2011 state budget. Initiative 1033 would essentially guts basic education funding as we move forward in the state. The same proportion of cuts will hit all public schools in the state.

A major funding loss at this point in time will have an extremely negative impact on K-12 funding and programs that are critical to student success. This huge loss would be financially catastrophic to all of our school districts. I encourage you to visit the website http://no1033.com/ to learn more.

/s/ Kevin Chase, Superintendent, Grandview School District

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