Statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the Legislature’s McCleary plan:
April 29 — The Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation today released its plan to meet McCleary v. Washington, the 2012 state Supreme Court decision holding that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education. Below is State Superintendent Randy Dorn’s response to the plan.
In January, the Supreme Court bluntly wrote that the state “cannot realistically claim to have made significant progress” in addressing basic education funding. It ordered the Legislature to produce a complete plan by April 30.
The 58-page document released today says very little, and is far from complete. It isn’t even a plan. It reads like a small history lesson. It includes a list of bills that “are meaningful because they show significant work is occurring.”
The problem is that “none of these bills passed the Legislature.”
The document concludes with the plea that the Court “recognize that 2015 is the next and most critical year for the Legislature to reach the grand agreement needed to meet the state's Article IX duty by the statutorily scheduled full implementation date of 2018.”
In other words, Wait until tomorrow.
But I have to ask: Will tomorrow ever come?
The Legislature isn’t going to take its responsibility seriously unless the Court forces it to do so.
The 2018 deadline was created and passed by the Legislature. The required education funding levels were adopted by the Legislature.
I urge the Court to do what it can to keep the Legislature’s feet to the fire, and keep the promises they’ve made to our students.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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