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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 …


Washington Supreme Court orders attorneys back on school funding case

Attorneys for the state and families challenging the amount Washington spends on its public schools were ordered Thursday to return to the Supreme Court for another round of arguments.


Court must intervene for schoolchildren

We believe the court should show urgency and adopt new consequences now. Otherwise, we believe the Legislature could once again fail to fully comply with the court and the constitution.


Editorial: Patience needed on school funding

It’s clear that the Legislature has moved too slowly, but it’s not accurate to claim that it hasn’t moved at all. Don’t disrupt this delicate process.


School lawsuit plaintiffs to court: Enforce the constitution

The plaintiffs who sued the state over the way Washington pays for K-12 schools say in their annual filing with the Supreme Court that it’s time to enforce the Constitution.


State asks Washington Supreme Court to end education sanctions

Attorneys from the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is on track to fulfill its constitutional requirement to properly fund education and in a court filing Wednesday …


Smart Bombs: School funding stuck in time

The Legislature is stuck in a seemingly endless loop of studying the issue of basic education funding.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015, 11:23 p.m.

Spin Control: Inslee not up-to-speed on ‘Twilight’ setting

You can’t really link ‘Twilight’ to global climate change.


Room to shrink

Washington has invested millions of dollars to shrink class sizes in kindergarten and first grade; an initiative on the November ballot calls for fewer students in all grades by 2019. …


Marijuana money boosts Washington’s budget

OLYMPIA – Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid-2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 11, 2014, 10:19 a.m.

State Supreme Court says Washington legislature is in contempt on school funding

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the way the state pays for public education, but it …


Inslee: Closing tax breaks still key to meeting school funding order

Gov. Jay Inslee is steering clear of suggesting what the state Supreme Court should do to force the Legislature to comply with orders to spend more on public schools. Lawyers …


Supreme Court considers contempt ruling over Legislature’s school funding progress

OLYMPIA – Based on the questions asked during a Washington Supreme Court hearing Wednesday, it’s anyone’s guess what the court’s next step will be toward forcing the Legislature to fix …


Spin Control: Defining ‘infrequent’ proves challenging for legislators

OLYMPIA – The biggest challenge for this period between sessions – or at least the biggest one after persuading the state Supreme Court not to slap the Legislature for ignoring …


Washington state Supreme Court blasts lawmakers over school funding plan

OLYMPIA – A recent report on how the state will spend more money on education is so inadequate the state Supreme Court threatened Thursday to hold the Legislature in contempt. …


Washington high court says Legislature could be held in contempt over school funding

Saying the Washington legislature hasn’t met a demand to fully fund public schools, the state Supreme Court today ordered attorneys for the Legislature to appear in September and be ready …


More funding needed for state education, report says

OLYMPIA – The Legislature needs to pick up the pace at directing more money to improve the state’s schools, a special committee is telling the state Supreme Court in a …


Washington Justice Debra Stephens courts re-election

The timing of judicial elections has been unkind to Washington state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. The Spokane native’s first race came in 2008, just as her daughter, Lindsey, prepared …


Washington education funding meets mandate, committee finds

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature needed two special sessions to agree to a budget, in large part because of disagreements over how much to spend on public schools. But a …