Ex-governors ask court to let Washington legislature try again on schools

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Five former Washington governors are asking the state Supreme Court to give legislators another chance to reach a deal on school funding before considering whether to slap them with a contempt citation.

In June, the high court ordered the state to appear before justices Sept. 3 and explain why lawmakers shouldn’t be found in contempt for failing to comply with the court’s landmark 2012 McCleary decision.

The former governors — Dan Evans, John Spellman, Mike Lowry, Gary Locke and Chris Gregoire — argue that levying any contempt charges and sanctions now could derail the chances for reaching an agreement on education funding when the Legislature takes up a new two-year budget in the upcoming session.

Read more