Category Archives: In the News

Equity problems remain after court’s school ruling

The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review

The state Supreme Court ruled Nov. 15 that the Legislature is still out of compliance with the state constitution for failing to meet “ample provisions” requirements, saying another $1 billion or so has to be added to education funding. The new education finance laws also leave the school districts with the highest rates of poverty and minorities with the lowest paid teachers and lowest local levy funding, creating doubts the state has met its constitutional mandate in Article IX. Read more…

Washington state Supreme Court must not settle for Legislature’s McCleary education ‘fix’

The Seattle Times

The “mission accomplished” banner was hung prematurely in the state Legislature. The Supreme Court should retain jurisdiction on the McCleary case and tell lawmakers to keep working. Read more…

Why can’t school funding be fair?

The Seattle Times

Washington doesn’t need simply equitable school funding. The state needs ample enough funding so every child has the opportunity to succeed in life, no matter their ZIP code. Read more…

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…