Smaller class sizes help all students
In 2014, Washington voters approved Initiative 1351, amending the definition of basic education to include smaller class sizes in every grade level. It was the second time Washington voters passed an initiative to reduce overcrowded class sizes. Yet lawmakers in Olympia tried to avoid discussing I-1351, let alone funding it.
The Legislature voted to delay implementation of I-1351 by four additional years – not starting until 2019. That means most of our children, those in grades 4-12, will continue to be packed into some of the most overcrowded classrooms in the country.
Fully funding smaller K-12 class sizes are a major part of WEA's McCleary school funding recommendations to the state.