NEWS: Education Funding
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The Seattle Times, May 25, 2016
Op-Ed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn: The Legislature pats itself on the back for doing little, the Supreme Court levies fines in futility, and the state’s students suffer; true leaders would get the job done.
The Seattle Times, May 21, 2016
Editorial Board: The state Supreme Court should up the ante on sanctions to get lawmakers’ attention on the unfinished work complying with the McCleary ruling.
The News Tribune, May 18, 2016
Attorneys representing Washington state argued Wednesday that the state Supreme Court should lift a $100,000-a-day fine in an ongoing education funding case, saying state lawmakers had produced “a workable path” to fully funding public schools by 2018.
The News Tribune, May 11, 2016
State lawmakers filled out their own report card Wednesday to deliver to the state Supreme Court — and, not surprisingly, they gave themselves a passing grade this year for their work to improve Washington’s public school system.
Seattle Channel (City of Seattle), April 19, 2016
As the state Legislature defers fully funding public education for yet another year, what are the implications for our schools? Are we on the right path to providing a quality education for all our kids? These were among the questions at Seattle Speaks, a live, community forum at Town Hall Seattle.
The Seattle Times, March 21, 2016
Second of a two-part series comparing Washington to Massachusetts, which is similar in population among other characteristics: “The true prize in education is a recipe that vaults low-income students into the upper echelons of achievement. A blue-collar town in Massachusetts says the key is something as basic as more time.”
The Seattle Times, March 4, 2016
Detailed overview of the history of education funding in Washington and the current status.
The Seattle Times, February 2, 2016
OP-ED by State Treasurer, Jim McIntyre. Detailed overview of the history of education funding in Washington and the current status: “As your chief financial officer, I can tell you our tax system is failing. It’s grossly unfair to businesses and households, and doesn’t keep up with the economy.”
ParentMap, February 1, 2016
The latest on Washington school nurse-to-student ratios, nurse availability, needs on the rise and next steps.
The Boston Globe, November 21, 2015
Detailed outline of the history of education funding & the McCleary case.
Senate Democrats, October 31, 2015
“It is time we come together in a similarly bipartisan way to do what is right for our kids and pass fair and sustainable revenue.”
OPSI Statement, October 22, 2015
State Superintendent Randy Dorn has some strong words in his statement today that he isn’t seeking reelection: “Our students need and deserve vigorous action from adults. But neither the Governor, the Legislature nor the Court have provided that leadership.”
The Seattle Times, September 11, 2015
“The current education-funding model in our state is profoundly broken and insufficient....We need the public to demand this funding mess be fixed — now. We need the Legislature to step up to fully fund basic education.”
The Seattle Times, August 13, 2015
Fines are piling up.
Harvard Law Review, May 10, 2015
Outline of McCleary case and analysis of relationship between court & legislature.
Crosscut, March 25, 2015
“The most important policy debate in Washington State today, arguably in our generation, is the debate raging right now over the McCleary vs State of Washington case, and full state funding of education. And yet few opinion leaders seem to grasp the core issues involved. Many choose to project their own education agenda — for some it’s reform, for others it’s revenue — onto the McCleary canvas, missing the main point.”
Crosscut, February 25, 2015
“As the Washington Legislature gets back to work, the big question is what, if anything, it will do to appease the state Supreme Court, which ruled in 2012 that it was violating the Washington constitution by not fully funding basic education. This past September, the court held the Legislature in contempt for being so slow to ante up education funds.”
Crosscut, August 22, 2014
“In June, the Washington State Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to appear on September 3rd to explain why it hasn’t found the revenue to fully fund the education reforms required by its McCleary ruling, reportedly as much as $7.83 billion through 2019.”