Category Archives: In the News

A critical to-do list for the 2019 Legislature

The Seattle Times

No rest for the weary, they say. And that is true for the 2019 Legislature, even after the marathon of six years of lawmakers struggling to correct the state’s failure to fund basic education — all while under an order by the state Supreme Court. While the high court gave a nod to the Legislature’s plan to answer its 2012 McCleary ruling, much still needs to be done on education. Chiefly, that means finally and fully funding special education but also making tweaks to ensure the new approach works for all of the state’s students. Read more…

Governor, call a special session for special education

The Seattle Times

Though the Washington Legislature satisfied the Supreme Court’s basic education funding demands, its irresponsible indolence on special-education funding is coming back to haunt districts, students, families and taxpayers. Gov. Jay Inslee should call a special session within the next month to move special education funding into the “done” column. Read more…



Spokane Public Schools planning to reduce staffing through attrition to pay for teacher raises

The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review

After delivering large pay raises for teachers and other staff, Spokane Public Schools administrators are now looking to shrink the size of the workforce to help reduce a $12.6 million operating deficit. Read more…

Court: Compliance reached in education funding case

The Associated Press

A long-running court case over the adequacy of education funding in Washington state has ended, with the state Supreme Court on Thursday lifting its jurisdiction over the case and dropping daily sanctions after the Legislature funneled billions more dollars into public schools. Read more…

Washington Supreme Court Ends Decade-Long School Funding Case

KUOW-FM (NPR)

The Washington Supreme Court has ended the decade-old school funding case known as McCleary. The high court issued an order Thursday that said the state has complied with the mandate to fully fund its new system of basic education by September of this year. Listen to the story…