- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Senate has passed a measure to modify an initiative to lower class sizes and ask voters whether they agree with the change.

On a 27-22 mostly party-line vote Monday, Senate bill 6088 passed the chamber and now goes to the House for consideration.

Voters in November approved Initiative 1351, which reduced class sizes for all grades, but the cost to pay for the measure was in the billions. The Senate bill only pays for reductions for kindergarten through third grade. That change would go to voters for their approval or rejection.

Lawmakers are in the midst of a 105-day legislative session that is scheduled to end April 26. They need to write a new two-year operating budget for the state under the shadow of a court-ordered requirement to put additional money toward the state’s education system.

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