Gov.: Education on the table for WA budget cuts

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BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — The governor isn’t making any promises to spare Washington schools from budget cuts when the Legislature meets to figure out what to do about the state’s $2 billion deficit.

Gov. Chris Gregoire told the annual conference of the Washington State School Directors Association on Friday that education is going to be on the line for budget cuts.

She says the state really has no choice because $2 billion needs to be trimmed from less than $9 billion in spending and education makes up about half of state spending.

Gregoire told the gathering of about a thousand school board members and superintendents that her budget proposal will include a cut in levy equalization and an increase in class sizes.

Lawmakers convene in Olympia at the end of the money for a special session focused on the budget.