In a much-anticipated response to what happened with education funding in the last legislative session, the Washington Supreme Court today issued an order that, while acknowledging progress, said the “pace of progress must quicken.”
In a news release, the court said that the $982 million budget for education for 2013-15 “represents only a 6.7 percent increase over the current constitutionally inadequate level of funding and falls well short of the needs estimated by the legislature’s Joint Task Force on Education Funding.”
The court ruled in 2012 that the state Legislature is violating the state’s constitution by failing to provide ample funding for public education. The court gave lawmakers a 2018 deadline to pay for programs and services estimated to cost $3 billion to $4 billion per biennium.
In the meantime, the court is monitoring the legislature’s actions.