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Charters, School Finance Ruling All Mixed Up in washington State

...nks are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The washington State Legislature is in contempt for failing to make progress toward rectifying the state’s school funding system. But being in contempt is not keeping state officials from referencing the Court’s funding order as a defense of the state’s charter law. It’s a bit convoluted, but worth following. In late 2012, washington voters approved an initiative to allow cha...
Date: 2014-11-24

Remedy Phase in washington State Finance Case Moves Forward

...ree and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. Lawmakers in washington State submitted the first of a series of reports to the state supreme court this month. The report explains what the state is doing to address the court’s ruling to meet its constitutional obligation to provide enough funding for a basic education. In January 2012, the washington State Supreme Court found that the school funding system was unconstitutional; the court also said th...
Date: 2012-09-26

washington Court and Legislature Nearing Showdown Over School Funding

...re free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. When the washington State Supreme Court issued its January 2012 ruling in the school finance lawsuit, McCleary v. washington, it gave the legislature until the 2017–18 school year to devise a new funding system that meets constitutional muster. Importantly, the Court required the legislature to submit annual reports on its progress toward meeting the funding goal, an estimated $6 billion more each ye...
Date: 2014-07-28

washington Districts Will Look Locally to Meet Funding Gap

...roposal reported in February RSFN (See http://www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=2414) has passed the washington legislature and many education advocates in the state fear it will increase the disparities between property-rich and property-poor districts. The new legislation lifts levy lids, or limits on local education revenues in school districts, to allow districts greater ability to tap local citizens for education funding. Current levy revenues in washington range from 0 to 33.67% of each dis...
Date: 2010-03-26

washington Funding Ruling Overturned

...free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time.   The washington Supreme Court has overturned a ruling for one of the largest urban districts in the state, Federal Way. That equity case, supported by a number of small rural districts, charged that the funding system for teaching and administrative salaries was arbitrary and unconstitutional.   Legislators have been working to address some of the disparities among districts and the court decisi...
Date: 2009-11-29

washington High Court Rules Funding Is Inadequate

...nks are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The washington State Supreme Court ruled last month that the state is not meeting its constitutional requirements and told the legislature to correct the deficiency. In its decision, the justices upheld the ruling of King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick, who, in 2010, held that the washington State Constitution’s mandate to “make ample provision for the education of all children re...
Date: 2012-02-23

washington Lawsuit Moves Forward

...on or expire over time. A special education lawsuit in the state moved forward last month when the washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments by the Alliance for Adequate Funding of Special Education, which brought the suit in 2004. The twelve member districts claim that the state’s failure to fully fund special education programs is a constitutional violation. Over 70 other school districts filed amicus briefs in the case. In 2009, the State Court of Appeals upheld a lower court deci...
Date: 2010-07-23

washington Legislature Works to Address Court Order

...lawmakers have been working to address the ruling in the McCleary school funding case, in which the washington State Supreme Court found the state’s finance laws unconstitutional and retained jurisdiction of the case to ensure that the remedy was fashioned in a timely way. Although there is agreement on the need to address education funding this session, the washington Legislature has been sharply divided on how to pay for needed increases. (Editor’s note: See previous RSFN coverage ...
Date: 2013-05-30

washington Plaintiffs Victorious in School Funding Lawsuit

...Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. A washington trial judge has ruled that the state is in violation of its constitutionally mandated "paramount duty" to amply provide for the education of all children. washington’s constitutional education clause is one of the strongest in the nation, and the ruling has declared that the school funding system is out of compliance with this high standard. In his decision, King County...
Date: 2010-02-25

washington School Funding Arguments Heard by State High Court

...nks are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The washington Supreme Court heard arguments last month in McCleary v. State, where defense attorneys argued that the state is funding “100% of the costs of a basic education,” despite almost $4 billion in cuts to education over the last several years. The state had appealed a Superior Court decision from last February (see RPM coverage here), which found that washington is violating its c...
Date: 2011-07-29

washington Special Education Funding Lawsuit Ends

...s are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The washington State Supreme Court has ruled against a coalition of school districts seeking to force the state to change the way special education is funded. Arguments in the Alliance for Adequate Funding of Special Education (AAFSE) case were heard by the state high court last July (see coverage in RSFN here). The ruling was released last month. The trial court and the Court of Appeals had previous...
Date: 2011-01-25

washington State Enacts Reforms During Recession

...s are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time.  washington State has enacted a major education system reform while at the same time cutting almost $1 billion in funding for the upcoming fiscal year. House Bill 2261, signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire this spring, redefines the “basic” education required by the state constitution for the first time in 30 years.   The new law increases the number of credits needed f...
Date: 2009-07-18

Panel Discussion on School District Consolidation Held in washington, D.C.

...Rural Trust Executive Director, Dr. Doris Terry Williams joined panelists in a discussion of how small school districts could take advantage of economies of scale and why across-the-board school-district consolidation may not be the answer to the issues facing these districts. The panel also shed light on the new ideas, including new governance systems that may provide better ways for school districts to do more with their education dollars. The event marked the release of a report by Ulrich Bos...
Date: 2013-08-09

"Being an American" High School Essay Contest Opens

...ntest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the washington, D.C. area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and Founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel. “This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important Founding principles communicated in our Constitution,” said Dr. Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute Vice President of Education ...
Date: 2011-09-26

2009 Rural School and Community Trust / Fund For Teachers Grant Recipients

...video below.   North Country Union High School Tyler Alexander will travel to washington, D.C. to attend The Civil War Institute at American University. He hopes to use the experience to create and implement a curriculum unit which focuses on the Civil War’s relationship to American politics, nationhood and race relations and the ways in which the War has been remembered throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. When Tyler is not teaching high school Social Studie...
Date: 2009-11-05