The Washington House released its budget today, and higher education is taking the biggest hit.
The House version calls for cutting $683 million from higher education, compared with the Senate’s call for cutting $513 million.
But, K-12 education is saved a bit in the House budget, which includes $625 million in cuts, compared with $877 million in the Senate budget.
Now the work begins to combine the budgets.
Regardless of what the final dollar amounts are, many believe this is still the biggest cut in education in ages. It will be up to each school district and university to decide how to distribute cuts, but expect layoffs across the board.
The exact amount schools and universities will have to cut won’t be known until the budget is adopted. However, the release of the Senate and House budgets means education officials can make educated guesses. As soon as I know what those are, I will post them here on School Days.