Washington Supreme Court forces governor’s hand on education funding

By Jeff Rhodes | Freedom Foundation

Following last week’s ruling by the Washington Supreme Court that Washington’s Legislature wasn’t moving fast enough in fulfilling its desire to see billions more dollars pumped into K-12 education by 2018, Gov. Jay Inslee announced during Tuesday’s State of the State Address he will propose a plan to increase funding by $200 million in the current session — a departure from the “hold steady, get ready” supplemental budget he unveiled just two weeks earlier.

“I’ve had to rethink that approach,” Inslee said. “Or, to be candid, the Supreme Court has forced us all to
look anew at funding our education system this year. The court issued an order last week on the state’s efforts to comply with the constitutional requirement that we fully fund basic education.”

at Freedom Foundation.

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