Teachers biggest spenders in WA lobbying

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 9:27 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington Education Association spends more on lobbying the Legislature than any other group.

The Seattle Times (http://is.gd/9FiRA4 ) reports the state teacher's union spent more than $380,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2013. According to figures from the Public Disclosure Commission, that's twice as much as the next highest lobbyist organization, a health care workers union.

Among other big spenders are an associations of state school administrators and school principals, which spent about $48,000 and $21,000, respectively. A union of non-teacher school employees spent nearly $40,000. And three education advocacy groups pushing for policy changes opposed by the WEA each spent about $25,000 or less.

The WEA's efforts come as lawmakers are debating how to respond to a January 2012 state Supreme Court order to spend more on K-12 education.

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