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October 24, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Education: It is all about the money

Although Don Nielsen’s guest column ends with “It’s not about the money,” our Supreme Court in the McCleary decision says that yes, it is about the money ["Halt turnover in school administration to improve education," Opinion, Oct. 21]. When I began teaching here in the mid-’70s, just over 50 percent of the state budget was for…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, K-12, Mary Wallon

September 19, 2014 at 6:04 AM

McCleary decision: Blame Tim Eyman for our funding woes

Legislators, both Republican and Democrat, have struggled to balance the needs of the state with the available resources. And now they are held in contempt by the court because there are not enough resources ["Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding," Politics Northwest, Sept. 11]. The people of Washington should direct their…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Edward Roe, Legislature, McCleary decision

September 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

McCleary decision: Supreme Court made wrong decision in contempt ruling

I don’t agree that the Washington State Supreme Court made the right contempt ruling in the school funding case, or for that matter, that it has such power in any case ["State Supreme Court’s contempt ruling makes point on education, not obstacles," Opinion, Sept. 11]. It seems to me a violation of the fundamental…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Ken Warren, Legislature

September 6, 2014 at 7:21 AM

McCleary case: Should the Supreme Court hold voters in contempt?

The problem is that the state Supreme Court found that the Legislature was not fulfilling its constitutional duty to fund education, even with its latest $1 billion increase. [“Former governors on why Supreme Court should tread carefully in McCleary education case,” Opinion, Sept. 1]. The Legislature has a duty to represent the people, who recently…

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Comments | Topics: education, McCleary decision, washington state legislature

September 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM

McCleary case: Former governors meddling in judiciary branch

I was disappointed to read the guest column from two former governors, Chris Gregoire and John Spellman, presuming to tell the Washington Supreme Court how to rule on whether the state is meeting its constitutional duty to fund K-12 education [“Former governors on why Supreme Court should tread carefully in McCleary education case,” Opinion,…

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Comments | Topics: McCleary decision, washington state legislature, Washington state Supreme Court

August 21, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Education: Class-size reduction necessary to McCleary compliance

In its editorial “One budget-buster down: pension lawsuits; another around the corner: Initiative 1351,” [Opinion, Aug. 15] The Seattle Times suggests that Initiative 1351’s class-size improvements go beyond what is required by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision ordering the Legislature to fully fund K-12 public education. This is simply wrong. In fact, the…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: ESHB 2261, Gary Plano, Initiative 1351

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

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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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Ann Morgan, education, K-12

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