Stories tagged: McCleary decision
Thu., March 9, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Washington House sends Inslee bill to avert ‘levy cliff’ on school funding
The House follows the Senate and gives overwhelming support to a bill to allow school districts another year of extra property tax authority.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017
Spokane Public Schools needs 53 classrooms to meet new state class-size mandates; Central Valley meeting requirements
Spokane Public Schools is still 53 classrooms short of meeting the state’s new K-3 class-size mandates. And, the state’s second-largest district likely won’t meet the requirements by next year.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Thousands tell Washington lawmakers to spend more on schools
Some 5,500 demonstrators fill the Capitol steps to demand more money for public schools.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
Sen. Mike Baumgartner files amendment to state constitution calling for Legislature to have sole authority to set school funding
How to come up with enough money for public schools is likely to consume much of the 2017 legislative session, but a Spokane senator has a suggestion to redirect the …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
Will Washington schools get $1.75 billion more in 2018? Panel split.
Estimate of $1.75 billion per year extra for public schools put into Washington’s budget outlook.
Thu., June 16, 2016, 1:17 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Imagine if the tables were turned on school and athletics funding
Imagine the Legislature was in charge of funding Washington State University athletics, and Bill Moos was in charge of paying the bills for state schools.
Sun., June 12, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: Fight over public school funding isn’t taking summer off
School’s almost out but the argument over proper funding for public education is unlikely to take a vacation based on recent court filings.
Thu., June 9, 2016, 1:53 p.m.
State superintendent: May be time to close schools
Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction says it may be time to consider shutting down the state’s K-12 public schools until the Legislature makes progress toward fully paying for education.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 4:43 p.m.
Public school improvements listed in report to court
Committee report tells the Supreme Court what Legislature did and didn’t do to meet obligations to public schools.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
House supports creation of task force to solve education funding problem next year
House gives final approval to task force to develop public school tax plan.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
Washington Legislature: What’s alive, dead?
Nearing the halfway point of the 60-day Washington legislative session, here are some other bills that still can pass, and others that appear to be dead.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
Free college tuition studied by House; K-12 funding gets Senate study
The House Higher Education Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal that would make community and technical college tuition free for anyone who doesn’t already have a bachelor’s degree.
Thu., Jan. 28, 2016, 10:09 a.m.
Washington Senate panel OKs education-funding plan
Washington’s Senate Education Committee has passed an alternative plan for fixing the way the state pays for public schools.
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016, 12:02 p.m.
House passes plan for fixing education funding system
The Washington House has passed a bill that would instruct the 2017 Legislature to finish fixing the way the state pays for public schools.
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
No education funding deal this year, Washington budget director says
The state budget director said Thursday lawmakers will not finish the work required to fix the way Washington pays for public schools during this legislative session, because they require deadline …
Sat., Sept. 12, 2015
Inslee open to special session if schools plan emerges
OLYMPIA – A fourth special session of the Washington Legislature could be called for mid-November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools and their financing. Gov. Jay Inslee said …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 11, 2015, 2:52 p.m.
Special session possible on school issues
OLYMPIA — The Legislature could hold a special session starting in mid November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools. But Gov. Jay Inslee said he’ll only call one …
Sun., Aug. 16, 2015
Editorial: Time has come for lawmakers to act on funding for schools
Like a desperate college student trying to resolve an “incomplete,” the Washington Legislature submitted its progress report on satisfying the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision; then discovered what it already knew. …
Fri., Aug. 14, 2015
State Supreme Court stands firm in dispute with Legislature over education funding
OLYMPIA – Enough already with promises to fix the state’s schools, the state Supreme Court told the Legislature on Thursday. Until the Legislature establishes a concrete plan, it’ll cost the …
Sun., July 26, 2015
Spin Control: A day in jail would motivate legislators to fund education
OLYMPIA – The Legislature sends its latest report to the state Supreme Court this week on how it’s stepping up to the plate on educating Washington’s children, an exercise that …
Sat., April 18, 2015
Competing plans on how to fix school taxes get airing
OLYMPIA – A proposed change in the way school districts levy property taxes and help pay their teachers was described by Republican supporters as “revenue neutral” when introduced this week. …
Sun., Jan. 11, 2015
Basic education has changed meaning through the years
OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will spend much of the 2015 session debating how much to spend to cover the cost of “basic education” in the state’s public schools. That …
Sun., Sept. 7, 2014
Competing state gun initiatives vie for police support
Law enforcement agencies may not be getting much love in most of the country after images of heavily armed cops filled news coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. But here …
Wed., Aug. 27, 2014
Washington AG warns high court of ‘slippery slope’ in public education case
OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court should not go down a “slippery slope” and punish the Legislature because it didn’t come up with a complete plan to improve public schools, …
Fri., June 13, 2014
Spokane schools cutting course fees, supply lists, thanks to boost in funding
More money from the state could reduce costs for parents and provide a more balanced public education in Spokane. Line items under consideration for the 2014-15 Spokane Public Schools budget: …
Fri., May 23, 2014
Legislature’s school funding report to high court blasted
OLYMPIA – A recent report by Washington legislators on how they will improve public education is so lousy they should be held in contempt, plaintiffs in the landmark case over …
Fri., March 14, 2014, 11:01 a.m.
Inslee says Legislature left things undone
OLYMPIA — Washington faces reduced maintenance on roads and bridges as well as cuts in mass transit because the Legislature did not pass a major package this year of transportation …
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Jay Inslee mentions taxes, education in State of the State address
OLYMPIA – Washington should raise its minimum wage, spend more on schools and highways, raise teacher salaries and do something about climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “We have …
Sun., Jan. 12, 2014
Education, transportation top priorities of Washington Legislature
OLYMPIA – The 2014 session of the Washington Legislature may be one of short duration, small tweaks and low expectations. Legislators will continue last year’s struggles over roads and abortion. …
Sun., May 26, 2013
Restoration of funding means opportunities for schools
These are righteous times for Washington school districts. The first spoils from a lawsuit requiring the state to fund basic education will help launch all-day kindergarten across Spokane, hire more …