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Follow the Money

In 2015, several partner organizations in the Road Map Project began to analyze and review basic education funding in Washington State. This analysis, called Follow the Money, aims to share basic knowledge of education funding in our state, understand what new state education investments specifically mean for Road Map Project districts, bring to light the inequity of funding basic education through local levies, and help inform advocates about ways they can encourage districts to invest in strategies to close opportunity gaps.

The goal is to share this information with more audiences, especially parents and community members. Follow the Money is focused on transparency and empowerment. There is still much work to be done to ensure that we have equitable funding in our state.

Below, you can view a 2018 brief commissioned by the Community Center for Education Results on behalf of the Road Map Project. It analyzes some of the major aspects of House Bill (HB) 2241, the McCleary “fix” legislation signed into law in July 2017, and outlines how it is not adequate or equitable yet for all — yet.

2018 Follow the Money Project Update: HB 2242 – Not Adequate or Equitable Yet McCleary Legislation Policy Brief  (PDF)

2018 Follow the Money Project Update: Call to Action (PDF)

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2016 Follow the Money Presentation (PDF)

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2017 Poverty as a Factor in K-12 Funding Memo (PDF)


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