Senate rejects Miloscia effort to pay Federal Way teachers equally

Sen. Mark Miloscia is disappointed that a K-12 education funding bill passed Wednesday night by the Senate does not include the salary change he proposed to treat Federal Way teachers fairly.

Miloscia, R-Federal Way, had introduced a floor amendment to Senate Bill 6362 that would have put Federal Way Public Schools teachers on equal footing with teachers in nearby districts when it comes to salaries. His amendment was not adopted.

“A portion of the McCleary school-funding plan passed by the Legislature last year concerns the regionalization of teacher pay,” Miloscia said, noting that he opposed that portion of the funding plan. “It ends up that the Federal Way district’s amount for teacher pay is lower than all of the school districts around us. This could harm Federal Way schools because it could entice some teachers to leave and go to nearby districts. I introduced this amendment to make Federal Way’s pay factor the same as in those school districts around us.

“This has been a top priority for the Federal Way Public Schools, and I’m disappointed the Senate didn’t pass this amendment to fix this unjust pay formula that was put in against the school district. It would have given Federal Way teachers a little more pay so they would not have salary inequity and would instead be paid the same amount as in Auburn or surrounding districts,” added Miloscia.

Miloscia’s amendment was patterned after the bipartisan measure he introduced this year, Senate Bill 6447, which would change the school district regionalization factors adopted in 2017 for certified instructional, certified administrative, and classified staff to a different set of factors developed later in the year. His bill had bipartisan support but was not advanced by the Senate’s education committee.