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Topic: McCleary decision

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August 7, 2014 at 7:04 AM

McCleary decision: State needs to fix tax system to properly fund education

The Seattle Times’ editorial recounts the dismal outcomes of Washington’s public education system, but recommends the same old solution: let the Legislature do its work ["Heed former governors on McCleary education case," Opinion, Aug. 5]. It should be clear after 40 years of litigation that mushing around with the current system isn’t going…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, McCleary decision, state Constitution

June 27, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Seattle Schools: Blame the Legislature, not the teachers union

Guest columnist Jami Lund castigates the school employees union for bargaining levy funds to increase Seattle teacher pay [“How the union trumped voters in the Seattle Schools budget,” Opinion, Jan 24]. He recommends that legislators prohibit local districts from using levy funds for salaries. At present, a first-year teacher in Seattle on the state…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Edith Ruby, Jami Lund, K-12

June 20, 2014 at 7:04 AM

McCleary: Cut subsidies instead of cutting some education funding

State lawmakers have admitted they failed to follow the state Supreme Court’s order to fund our children’s education [“Supreme Court menaces lawmakers on McCleary, education funding,” Opinion, June 16]. This was after the court originally found lawmakers in violation of our state’s Constitution back in 2012. Our children’s future can’t wait any longer. Do Democrats…

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May 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

K-12 funding: Vitality of our state depends on an educated populace

“Leaving K-12 education up to the Legislature,” as The Times suggests, has already been done — for too many years [“State Supreme Court should accept McCleary report, leave K-12 to Legislature,” Opinion, May 5]. Despite voter approval, and lawsuits by parents, PTAs and school districts, the Legislature continues to shirk its “paramount” constitutional…

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May 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

K-12 funding: Legislature has been dragging its feet

It is astonishing to read The Seattle Times’ editorial on school finance and find at its conclusion the statement that “lawmakers have nothing to be ashamed of” and that the courts should “back off” and let legislators continue “doing their job” [“State Supreme Court should accept McCleary report, leave K-12 to Legislature,” Opinion,…

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