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UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 2:41 p.m.

Jim Kowalkowski: Beyond McCleary: We now have more losers than winners

The recent Washington state Supreme Court ruling that ended the McCleary lawsuit does not mean that K-12 public education funding issues have all been resolved. In fact, we now have …


Spin Control: Enough credit and blame to go around on McCleary

With the McCleary case over, Democrats and Republicans differ on who gets credit or blame.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Legislature met its duty on public schools, Supreme Court says

Washington Supreme Court says Legislature has complied with orders to meet a constitutional duty to provide for better schools.


‘Bargain now,’ Kennewick teachers demand. District says not so fast.

Hundreds of Kennewick teachers, nurses and other certificated workers rallied and marched Tuesday, saying the school district is getting millions more from the state for their salaries and benefits but …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

Lawmakers to court: We did what you ordered on school reforms

Committee says the Legislature has complied with state Supreme Court order to meet its duty and give adequate financial support to public schools.


Inslee budget a good starting point

There is a need to fully fund public schools and finally remove the yoke of the McCleary ruling that has dominated discussion in Olympia for far too long.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

West Valley School District asking voters for two tax levies

Voters in the West Valley School District will decide the fate of two tax proposals in February.


Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: Equity problems remain after court’s school ruling

The court didn’t rule on the equity issues. The McCleary court case only deals with the “ample provision” clause.


Editorial: Lawmakers earned incomplete on school funding

The court rejected the state’s argument that the final step couldn’t be taken all of a sudden, correctly noting that the state was solely responsible for this urgency.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools prepares to ask voters for levy in February

Spokane Public Schools will ask voters to approve a new, cheaper maintenance and operation levy in February’s special election.


Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: New levy laws unfair to rural schools

The local levies the richest districts can collect each year is 66 percent more per student than what the poorest districts can collect.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

Washington lawmakers to court: Promise kept on education

A special committee says the Legislature has fulfilled its promise to enact school reforms. Not so fast, says an attorney for families who successfully sued the state over inadequate support …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.


Funding special education: Lawmakers, advocates look to patch budget shortfalls

Lack of funding for special education is a statewide issue, one that isn’t going to be fixed anytime soon, according to Stacy Gillet, the director of the King County ARC …


Editorial: Legislators heading for inexcusable cram session

To pull a cram session on something as momentous and far-reaching as education funding is a dereliction of their duty.


Shawn Vestal: Legislature collects another F over school funding

Ho hum. The Legislature flunks again.


Bill Keim: Untapped wealth could unlock McCleary case

One of the largest areas of such local funding is educator salaries. In 1987, the state paid over 99 percent of salary costs, but by 2012, that state contribution had …


Lawmakers must stop posturing, start negotiating

Stop the dueling press releases, quit searching for future campaign sound bites and get to work. The only developments coming out of Olympia should be ideas about compromise.


Heidi Mitchell: How we fund schools as important as how much

We must direct more money into the grossly unfunded interventions designed to help students in greatest need.


Students would benefit from smarter funding

A student-centered model would distribute dollars where they are needed most. It would give disadvantaged children more pathways to success. It would also boost gifted students, who need more challenges.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

State Republican education funding proposal jeopardizes poorest students, Spokane educators say

A public school funding proposal unveiled by state Republicans earlier this month may reduce the amount of money Spokane’s poorest schools receive, according to district administrators.


Education funding talks can finally begin

Now that Senate Republicans have produced a plan to resolve the most contentious aspects of basic education funding, it means that bargaining can begin.


Save schools from the levy cliff

Local school districts shouldn’t pay the price for the failure of lawmakers to do their jobs in a timely manner.


Sen. Mark Schoesler: Income tax is the real issue, not schools

Some folks want the people of Washington to think the big issue in our upcoming legislative session is public education. They say it’s all about the children, the schools and …


Washington task force struggles to outline education fixes as deadline approaches

Washington lawmakers debate possible costs of better schools, and the taxes to pay for them, as the start of the 2017 Legislature approaches.


Rep. Bob McMaslin: Growth limit thwarts classroom expansion

Much of the work in the upcoming 2017 legislative session will be focused on changing how the state funds education and addressing the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. This effort …


Federal government gives $6.9 million to Washington charter schools

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Washington charter schools a $6.9 million grant on Wednesday.


Levy lawsuit against Spokane schools pushed until April

A lawsuit filed against Spokane Public Schools by the


Dorn’s real target is the Legislature

Dorn’s lawsuit helps illuminate how some districts have gotten by even as state lawmakers shirked their duty. It also shows how the inequity in funding continued to grow.


Dorn preparing legal action against school districts

EVERETT – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said he plans to sue a few school districts that use local levies to pay teachers because they don’t get enough …