Tacoma School District by the Numbers

When I decided to run for this position I also hoped to inspire more individuals in the community to get involved with the schools in their neighborhoods by sharing information about our district and the students it serves. Check out the first in a series of infographics that we’ve put together to do just that!

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Tacoma Public Schools by the Numbers

 

  • Source: Tacoma Public Schools, K-12 Academic Benchmarks
  • Source: Tacoma Public Schools, Department Of Research And Evaluation Eschool Plus+ District Reports October 2014 Catchment
  • Source: Tacoma Public Schools, Department Of Research And Evaluation, October 2013 – Enrollment By Ethnicity For Prek-12
  • Source: Tacoma Public Schools, Department Of Research And Evaluation, Free/Reduced Priced Lunch Percents 1998-Present
  • Source: Tacoma Public Schools, Department Of Research And Evaluation, Graduation Rates District Report – 3 Year Trends
  • Source: Washington State Superintendent Of Public Instruction, School Apportionment And Financial Services Staff 

 

School Boards Set the Direction for Schools

As I’ve gotten out and started to meet voters at their doors I had several people ask me what school board members do. In Washington State, a school board has certain legal responsibilities and is directed by law (RCW 28A.150.230) to adopt policies that do each of the following:

Establish performance criteria and an evaluation process

Provide information to the local community

Determine the final assignment of staff

Determine instructional hours

Determine the allocation of staff time

Establish final curriculum standards

Evaluate teaching materials

Check out this chart that highlights the differences between the roles of the school board and the Superintendent.

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Where does the money come from?

Right now the state Legislature continues to debate how it will meet its obligation to fully fund basic education, and reduce local school districts’ reliance on local levies to fund basic education programs. Given that 23.7% of our funding currently comes from local levies the decisions made in Olympia will definitely impact us here at home. In the coming years our school board will likely be engaged in tough conversations about how to respond to the Legislature’s decisions, and I hope to be there advocating for the best interest of our students!

This chart shows a breakdown of the sources of funding for Tacoma Schools.

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Source: Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, School Apportionment and Financial Services Staff