Category Archives: In the News

Washington task force struggles to outline education fixes as deadline approaches

The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review

The cost of providing Washington children with a good education may be an extra $7.1 billion over the next four years and require some kind of tax increase, legislative Democrats said Wednesday. Or it may cost some unknown amount to be determined at some future date and possibly not require a tax increase at all if lawmakers simply pay for education first, legislative Republicans said. Read more…

Governor’s budget calls for $3.9 billion to respond to McCleary

Gov. Jay Inslee released his budget proposal today. Read about in the Washington Association of School Administrators’ legislative report, This Week in Olympia.

Legislature should not wait for Supreme Court pressure on education funding

The Seattle Times

AS the state waits for the Washington Supreme Court to decide its next move on public-school funding, the Legislature does not have that luxury. Although the court’s 2012 McCleary ruling has forced change, lawmakers now must lead and make progress on fixing the way the state pays for public schools. They must stop stalling and get a real plan ready before the 2017 legislative session convenes in January. Read more…

What the education funding lawsuit means to moms

The Seattle Times

The two moms whose names are on the McCleary school-funding lawsuit have been waiting a long time to be finished with their work representing the families of Washington state. Read more…

Court session on McCleary foreshadows legislative fight

The Spokesman-Review

No need to check a crystal ball for a peek at what’s ahead in the 2017 legislative session. Don’t bother to stop at the palm reader on South Thor or consult the I Ching. A preview of what is being dubbed “the session from hell” because of an expected battle over school funding was on display Wednesday. That’s when the state Supreme Court held what seemed to be its 1,000th hearing on the public school funding case known as McCleary. Read more…