State court slaps Legislature over education funding

The Washington State Supreme Court got its report on the Legislature’s funding of education. And the court did not approve of lawmakers’ progress toward adequately funding K-12 education, as per a decision made Jan. 5, 2012.

“The State’s first report falls short,” the court document stated.

Legislators have come under fire for not finding money for schools. The court order continued to blast Washington’s lawmakers for slowing the pace of funding cuts, which “does not equate to forward progress.”

Lawmakers have until 2018 to fix education funding.

Also at issue was the Legislature’s failure to “sufficiently indicate how full compliance with (the Constitution) will be achieved.” Washington’s elected state superintendent Randy Dorn sent out a release about the court’s review of the Legislature’s report.

“But such a plan already exists. The Quality Education Council, formed in 2009, has created a plan for full funding of basic education by 2018,” Dorn wrote. “I support the QEC’s plan, and I urge the Legislature to do the same. The longer we wait to fully fund basic education, the more students will fail to get the education they deserve.”

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