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February 23, 2005

Nicely put, Clark

Clark Williams-Derry at Northwest Environment Watch puts Seattle's priorities in perspective:

Seattle's schools are going through another round of budget crises.  This time, it's a projected $20 million shortfall in the 2006-2007 school year.  It looks as though the school district may be forced to close some schools to help close the budget gap.

Meanwhile, in other news, city officials are still gung-ho to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel -- a project that is likely to cost city residents somewhere in the vicinity of $4 billion.

Which, by the way, is enough to close a $20 million school funding gap for 200 consecutive years.  Just thought I'd mention it.

Posted by Jon Stahl on February 23, 2005 at 08:52 PM in Policy | Permalink


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The reason the city government isn't concerned (officially) with the school district is becuase it has no official connection to it. Clark is comparing Apples to Oranges - the Seattle Public School District is a separate entity, and not controlled at all by the City of Seattle. The School District has separate taxing authority, and a separate governing body (with it's own districts/elections, etc). While there are proposals to fold the school district into the city government, for now they are completely separate, and comparisons like Clark's only lead to false debate. While people involved in the City government are concerned about the school district, there is nothing they can do about it - and honestly, the biggest project with the highest priority under the city government's domain is fixing/replacing the Alaska Way Viaduct - as it should be.

Posted by: willis | Feb 24, 2005 11:47:47 AM

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