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Supremes hear McCleary arguments today

OLYMPIA -- The state Supreme Court will be asked this afternoon to punish the Legislature for not coming up with a plan to improve public schools during the 2014 session. 

Attorneys for education advocates who filed the case now known as "McCleary" for the name of the first plaintiffs on the lawsuit will argue that the justices should come down hard on the Lege. The state attorney general's office will argue the court should wait until at least after the 2015 session, which is one where major budget decisions will be made -- but also suggest the court should let legislators know what's in store for them if they don't come up with a plan.

In other words, a little incentive to guide them on their discussions and deliberations.

Each side has 20 minutes to plead its case, starting at 2 p.m. 

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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