Judges Rule that Washington State Funding Is Inadequate

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Education Law Center reports on a major ruling in Washington State:

WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT HOLDS LEGISLATURE IN CONTEMPT ON SCHOOL FUNDING

Orders State to Comply in 2015 Legislative Session

On September 11, 2014, in McCleary v. State, the Washington Supreme Court held the State in contempt for failing to obey a court order for a phase-in schedule for fully funding the components of “basic education” by the 2017-18 school year. The Court ruling was unanimous.

As reported by the Associated Press, Thomas Ahearne, the lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said Thursday’s order “wipes out all the excuses that legislators tell themselves as to why they don’t have to do anything. I think the attorney general is now going to be telling legislators, ‘Guys you are in a box.'”

In an earlier McCleary decision (2012), the Court found the State was not meeting its “paramount duty … to make ample…

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