WA SUPREME COURT TELLS LEGISLATURE IT MEANS BUSINESS ON SCHOOL FUNDING

Last January’s Washington Supreme Court decision in McCleary v. State was historic in at least two senses.  In addition to confirming that the state was not meeting its paramount duty under Article 9, Section 1 of the state Constitution to “make ample provision for the education of all children,” the Court took the unprecedented step of retaining jurisdiction over the case to assure compliance with the Court’s ruling.  Because such a step had never been undertaken in the 112 years of statehood most people were unsure what that meant.  Well, this week we got some more clarity, when the Court issued an order holding that the state’s report on steps taken to comply with its ruling –and presumably those steps themselves – were inadequate.  But it didn’t stop there, it directed that the state’s 2013 report set for a specific phase in plan designed to achieve full compliance by Fiscal Year 2018, i.e. the 2017-18 school year.  You can read more about the lawsuithere, and about the Court’s most recent order here.  You can also watch an interview with Stephanie McCleary, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, here.

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