Washington state lawmakers have one choice on education funding

Monday, June 24, 2013

There’s no mistaking the position of State Superintendent Randy Dorn about what the Legislature must do to meet the Supreme Court’s decision in the McCleary case. The state’s education chief has repeatedly told lawmakers that anything less than $1.4 billion in new revenue over the next biennium will not satisfy even the minimum requirements of McCleary.

Dorn considers $1.4 billion a mere “down payment” toward fully funding K12 education, based on estimates from the Quality Education Council. He agrees with the QEC that the total purchase price really falls somewhere between $3.4 billion and $4.6 billion.

Based on the Quality Education Council’s recommendations, the Legislature is falling woefully short of meeting its constitutional obligation to K12 education.

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