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House passes plan for fixing education funding system

SEATTLE – The Washington House has passed a bill that would instruct the 2017 Legislature to finish fixing the way the state pays for public schools.

The proposal, House Bill 2366, moves onto the Senate after a vote of 64-34 in favor.

The bill would set up a new education funding task force to find a compromise that would end the state’s over-reliance on local school levies to pay for basic education.

The bill would establish a plan to finish the work set up in legislation seven years ago and by a Washington Supreme Court decision known as the McCleary decision in 2012.

The Supreme Court has been holding the state in contempt because the Legislature has not made a plan for finishing that work. The court has been fining the Legislature $100,000 a day since August.

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