June 18, 2018

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Washington State Bill Includes Allocation for School Library Materials

The Washington Library Association (WLA) scored a win for school libraries by securing a line-item allocation for library supplies in a major school funding bill now headed to the governor’s office for signature.

Lobbying by WLA resulted in the separate line item for “library materials” with a $20/FTE allocation. WLA is calling for further action and asking constituents to urge Governor Jay Inslee to sign the bill.

Read the full press release from the Washington Library Association.


Although the specific school library bills failed to make it past the legislative cut off dates, WLA was successful in getting language amended into the major school funding bill, E2SSB 6362 that accomplished a major goal.  The prototypical school allocations for materials, supplies and operating costs (MSOC) now have a separate line item for “library materials” and $20/FTE allocated in that line item.  While this is not a mandate that districts spend $20 per student on library materials, it does provide legislative intent regarding spending on library materials and it provides greater accountability on library spending in districts and schools.

WLA has been trying to get “library materials” separated from “other supplies” in the MSOC cost allocations for a number of years.  We are very pleased to finally have this change pass the Legislature.  This happened thanks to the hard work of several legislators, including Rep. Monica Stonier (D-49).  It also happened because of the calls and emails you all sent to your legislators urging this change.

E2SSB 6362 now goes to the Governor.  The full bill implements the last of the McCleary decision changes — pushing $775 additional dollars into teacher salaries in this biennium and an additional $937 million over the next four years.  For a full summary of what this bill does, just follow this link: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/House/6362-S2.E%20HBR%20APH%2018.pdf.

What you can do now is to call or email* the Governor’s office and urge him to “Please Sign E2SSB 6362” and make the Library MSOC change law.  

  • Write
    Governor Jay Inslee
    Office of the Governor
    PO Box 40002
    Olympia, WA 98504-0002
  • Call
    TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • Fax

*This is a reminder of RCW prohibitions on lobbying using public time or equipment.  Please be sure to make your calls to the Governor on your own time and using your personal communications devices.

Washington Library Association

PO Box 33808
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 823-1138

The Washington Library Association leads, advocates, educates, and connects.



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  1. It IS a step in the right direction. However, if you read the bill closely, your initial statement, “Lobbying by WLA resulted in the separate line item for “library materials” with a $20/FTE allocation.” is inaccurate. We have had a line item (called MSOC) for some time which includes libraries, but now we have a separate line item. Again, it is a start. If you read through the bill the allocations for libraries (page 9) is “none”… next step, next year, funding specific to libraries beyond “none”… we are chipping away at it each year and thanks to our lobbyist, Carolyn Logue, for all her hard work.

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