Category Archives: In the News

School funding fix: Not even close, says McCleary lawyer

Crosscut

Can the new state budget live up to its hype of fixing Washington’s education woes? The plaintiff’s attorney in the Washington Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary ruling, which requires major improvements in school funding, does not think so. Read more…

Eight lawmakers’ secluded struggle to broker McCleary funding deal

The Seattle Times

As lawmakers bickered over a budget and brought Washington state to the brink of a government shutdown, eight legislators secluded themselves in a conference room. Their mission: to finally write a plan to resolve the state Supreme Court’s McCleary education-funding decision. Read more…

Budget passed with an unconscionable secrecy, haste

The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review

Showdown over. Shutdown averted. Budget signed with hours to spare. What’s in it? That will take some time to sort through. In the meantime, enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. The political fireworks are still to come. Read more…

Is school overhaul enough to get state out of contempt of court — and stop $100,000-a-day fine?

The (Tacoma) News Tribune

Washington lawmakers approved a sweeping set of changes to public schools Friday, five years after being slapped with a state Supreme Court order to fix how they pay for education. They now get to wait and find out whether their work passes the legal test. Read more…

Some winners, losers and many unknowns in state’s new $7.3B public-school spending plan

The Seattle Times

School districts and education-policy advocates are analyzing the newly passed state budget, trying to figure out how it will affect the 1.1 million students in Washington state’s public schools. Read more…