Washington Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Teachers, Initiative 732 (2000)

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}Washington Initiative Measure 732, also known as the Teacher Salaries Act, was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved.

The ballot title question asked of voters was, "Shall public school teachers, other school district employees, and certain employees of community and technical colleges receive annual cost-of-living salary adjustments, to begin in 2001-2002?"

Election results

Initiative 72
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,501,261 62.69%
No893,60137.31%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Initiative Statute

Explanatory Statement by Attorney General: This measure would provide automatic cost-of-living increases each year to all school district employees. The cost-of-living increases would be calculated by applying the rate of the yearly increase in the cost-of-living index to any state-funded salary base used in state funding formulas for school district employees. Beginning with the 2001-02 school year, each school district would receive enough funds from the legislature to grant this increase, including mandatory salary-related benefits. The state would fully fund these increases as a part of its basic education program. "Cost-of-living index" would mean, for any school year, the previous calendar year's annual average consumer price index, compiled by the United States Department of Labor for the state of Washington.

The measure would also provide similar cost-of-living increases for academic employees of community and technical college districts and to classified employees of technical colleges, calculated similarly to the increases to school district employees and funded by legislative appropriation.

The school districts and college boards of trustees would distribute their cost-of-living allocations in accordance with their salary schedules, collective bargaining agreements, and compensation policies. Each school district and college district would certify each year that it had spent funds provided for cost-of-living increases on increased salaries and salary-related benefits.

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