Basic Education Funding

NEWS: Education Funding

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» Stumbling toward the finish line in fully funding basic education

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.


» Election time, so get serious on education funding

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.


» State attorneys ask court to lift fines, contempt order in school-funding case

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.


» Lawmakers award themselves passing grade for school-funding work this year

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 Speaks: Making the Grade

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.


» A longer school day? In Massachusetts, some schools see big payoff

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.”


» What does it mean to fully fund education?

The Seattle Times, March 4, 2016

Detailed overview of the history of education funding in Washington and the current status.


» Washington needs to reform its tax system to fix broken school funding

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.”


» More Than Band-Aids: Demand for School Nurses Increases, but Funding Doesn’t Follow

ParentMap, February 1, 2016

The latest on Washington school nurse-to-student ratios, nurse availability, needs on the rise and next steps.


» In Northwest, a question of tax cuts or education

The Boston Globe, November 21, 2015

Detailed outline of the history of education funding & the McCleary case.


» Rolfes, McAuliffe: It is time to act on education funding, and show Washingtonians we listened

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.”


» Strong Words from Randy Dorn

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.”


» District to striking teachers: There is no money left

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.”


» School funding back on table as court fines state $100,000 a day

The Seattle Times, August 13, 2015

Fines are piling up.


» McCleary v. State

Harvard Law Review, May 10, 2015

Outline of McCleary case and analysis of relationship between court & legislature.


» Commentary: Missing the point on McCleary

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.”


» How far will the state Supreme Court go on McCleary?

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.”


» Where are Washington’s K-12 dollars? Just ask Microsoft shareholders

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.”