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January 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

State Supreme Court says education funding must grow faster

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.

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September 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

School-funding plaintiffs ask court to consider sanctioning state

The state Supreme Court should, at minimum, sternly warn state legislators that they will face sanctions if they don’t ramp up public school funding more rapidly than they did this year, the plaintiffs in the successful school-funding lawsuit said today. The plaintiffs — a group known as the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) — made…

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March 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Seattle schools institute freeze on non-critical hiring and spending

Seattle Public Schools today announced a freeze on non-critical hiring and spending, saying the chance  the district will get significant new state funding is uncertain. Without that new funding, the district says it anticipates a shortfall of $18 million in the 2013-14 school year between expected revenues and expenses.  In a news release, officials say they expect the freeze to save at least…

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