People of Northwest Public Radio
Tue April 29, 2014
Wash. Lawmakers Deliver K-12 Funding Report To High Court
It’s no grand pact for beefing up Washington’s education budget, but a legislative committee did deliver a report on the subject to the state’s high court.
In their landmark McCleary ruling two years ago, State Supreme Court justices had set an April 30 deadline for Washington lawmakers to detail plans to add billions to the state’s education budget. Democratic Representative Ross Hunter says lawmakers’ differences are best worked out during the legislative session – not in the report of an interim committee.
“This committee cannot come to that agreement, because the only way we demonstrate agreement in the legislature is we pass legislation. And that’s what we’re going to have to do next year,” Hunter said.
The Medina Democrat quipped the report sent to the Supreme Court was a “clear report for a partial plan.” One legislative estimate says lawmakers will need to add $3.5 billion in education funding to comply with the court’s order by 2018. But not all lawmakers necessarily agree with that estimate.
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