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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.


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.


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.


Editorial: Budget passed with an unconscionable secrecy, haste

What is it that public servants are afraid the public will see? According to lawmakers who defend the secrecy, the answer is honesty. Can’t be frank if the public is …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Downtown parking, June 20, 1941


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.


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 …


Divided Legislature looking at long session

A basic education funding solution should not go to the voters, because the issue is too complex. This is a job for legislators. It’s why they’re elected.


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.


Be smart about class-size funding

Lawmakers did shrink K-3 class sizes, which is where research shows it does the most good. The benefits wane in the upper grades, so there are smarter ways to spend …


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.


Outside View: Lawmakers need to finish schoolwork

It’s likely there are no scenarios in which each and every district would be pleased. Lawmakers and the governor need to accept that they can’t make everyone happy.


Gary Crooks: Quiet panic behind school funding debate

Plan after plan has been agreed upon over the years only to fall apart when it came to time to screw up the courage and find the funding. Last session, …


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.


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.


Looking Back: Opinions from past add perspective

Topics included a push to buy locally, the possibility of a national lottery, the definition of basic education and radioactive contamination from Hanford.


Editorial: Editorial: Class-size mandate doesn’t add up

In a perfect scenario, the finance question would’ve been posed when I-1351 was first proposed. Disconnecting the funding from the idea was politically smart, but it only delayed the day …


Opinions from past bring perspective

Editorials covered open meetings, kindergarten classes, recycling and a U.S. haven for Filipino strongman Ferdinand Marcos


Editorial: Charter schools survive, bigger issue looms

In a session where charter schools were given a reprieve, the larger education issue was delayed, yet again.


Smart Bombs: Power play, not road rage

The firing of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wasn’t an act of road rage. It’s the beginning of the campaign to replace Gov. Jay Inslee.


Smart Bombs: School funding stuck in time

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


Under I-1366, a superduperminority would rule

If you want lawmakers to stop working together, vote for I-1366, because it would give a superduperminority of 17 legislators the power to stop a basic education tax plan.


Parties offer dueling education plans at 11th hour

OLYMPIA – Democrats and Republicans unveiled different plans Wednesday to pump more state money into public schools just as the Legislature is supposed to be wrapping up this year’s session. …


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 …


Special education funding ruled fair

SEATTLE – The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state is not shortchanging school districts in the way it pays for special education. In an 8-1 ruling, the high …


Wash. may not get any more school stimulus dollars

The director of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Washington, D.C., office hopes a visit home will influence members of Congress to think again about sending more money to public schools to avoid …


212 Wash. districts sign up for Race to the Top

Washington education officials say 212 school districts have signed on to the state’s application for federal reform dollars through Race to the Top.


Gregoire to sign K-12 reform bills into law

Gov. Chris Gregoire is scheduled to return to her hometown of Auburn to sign a package of education reform bills into law.


Education funding chided

KENT, Wash. – The state of Washington isn’t fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty, a King County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit brought …