Wash. state lawmakers may add year to ed reform payments

Friday, August 2, 2013

Some Washington state lawmakers said Wednesday they wonder if they may be able to take an extra year to phase in billions more dollars for education funding reform, as ordered by the state Supreme Court.

The court ruled in January 2012 in the school funding lawsuit that the state isn't meeting its constitutional obligation to amply pay for basic public education and gave the Legislature until 2018 to fix the way the state pays for basic K-12 education.

In the ruling, known as the McCleary decision, the Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to make yearly progress reports on their efforts. The second report is due Aug. 29. Those reports are then critiqued by the group that brought the lawsuit, and the Supreme Court. Last year's report got poor marks from both.

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