Statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the 2014 Legislature:
March 14 — On Thursday, the 2014 Legislature adjourned. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on its progress this session.
In July, when the Legislature needed two special sessions to pass an operating budget, I expressed uncertainty. About $1 billion was added to basic education was a start but was $400 million short of what the state needs to stay on track to satisfy
McCleary v. Washington.
The adjournment of the 2014 Legislature has turned my uncertainty to frustration.
Legislators had three education responsibilities this session. They needed to add the $400 million to basic education. They needed to come up with a plan to meet
McCleary by 2018, as the Supreme Court directed in a Jan. 9 order. And they needed to pass a bill to secure our state’s No Child Left Behind waiver.
They did none of those things. In my estimation, they failed in their duty: to the state Constitution, to voters and most important to our public school students.
There are two biennia left until the state must fully fund basic education. According to the
Quality Education Council — a group the Legislature created to make funding recommendations – the Legislature is still about $7 billion short of meeting
McCleary. There are only two biennial budgets remaining until 2018. Where will that $7 billion come from?
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.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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