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Gov. Inslee vows to fund education, pitches proposal

Gov. Jay Inslee spoke on funding education by closing tax loopholes.  - Michelle Conerly/ Kent Reporter
Gov. Jay Inslee spoke on funding education by closing tax loopholes.
— image credit: Michelle Conerly/ Kent Reporter

Gov. Jay Inslee spoke to educators and administrators Thursday afternoon regarding his plan to fund education.

In front of a small crowd gathered outside the Highline Public Schools Transportation Facility in Burien, Inslee promoted his budget plan for schools. "We need a different route," he said at the news conference.

"We've got some great educators in our state. But if we're going to allow these great educators to do their job, we've got to fulfill our constitutional duty of fully funding education."

Inslee's budget proposal would put down a downpayment of more than $1 billion to fund state education by closing outdated tax loopholes. A special session in Olympia is scheduled for May 13 to address various state issues, including education funding.

"I will not compromise on our obligation to provide a quality education to every single one of our children," Inslee told the audience.

Educators and superintendents from throughout the state attended the meeting, including Edward Lee Vargas, superintendent of the Kent School District.

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