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Stories tagged: McCleary decision


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 8:15 a.m.

Mead School District to float $14.6 million supplemental levy

According to the district, the money raised would reinstate some paraeducators lost in recent cuts, maintain nursing staff at current levels, increase safety and security personnel and expand learning opportunities …


Editorial: Ample school funding isn’t enough

The Washington Constitution requires “ample” school funding. Spokane and the entire state are learning that ample funding is not enough.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Parents, teachers, students make pleas for special programs funding at Spokane Public Schools board meeting

Parents, teachers and students voiced their concerns to the Spokane Public Schools board of directors during Wednesday night’s meeting. It was the first time the board had heard from the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Inslee task force would study possible dam breaching to help salmon, orcas

A task force to study possible removal of the Snake River dams could generate outsized controversy in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Central Valley teachers and administrators to meet Monday on pay increases

After Spokane Public Schools and the Mead School District agreed this week to large pay raises for their teachers, the teachers union for Central Valley School District hopes to get …


Spokane County property taxes to rise significantly in 2018

Spokane County homeowners will see a substantial increase in their property tax bill this year as a result of a new state school levy.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

All Spokane County school levies pass, most by overwhelming margins

Spokane Public Schools kept up its 40-year winning streak alive as voters approved its latest levy request to pay for personnel and sports activities. The levy request was passing with …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court rules that Legislature not yet done on reforming public schools

State Supreme Court tells Legislature it won’t settle for “close enough” on school reforms.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …