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Statement From State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the Legislative Report Regarding McCleary v. State of Washington

Dorn’s grade for Legislature: Incomplete

August 28, 2013 — On Tuesday, the state Legislature submitted a report to the state Supreme Court about their progress to fully fund basic education by 2018. I grade their efforts as “incomplete.”

During the 2013 legislative session, I said – repeatedly – that to get our state on the path to fully funding education by 2018, the Legislature should add $4 billion to education spending in the 2013-15 biennium. And at the minimum, a $1.4 billion increase would be a very small deposit.

The Legislature fell short: They chose to increase the education budget by less than $1 billion.

To get to a passing grade, the Legislature must add at least another $400 million to basic education in their 2014 supplemental budget.

I did not come up with these figures. The Legislature created a group in 2009. The Quality Education Council’s mission is to determine adequate funding levels for basic education. In 2010, the Legislature passed SHB 2776, which affirmed the QEC’s recommended funding levels. And in 2012, when the Supreme Court decided the McCleary case, they said fully funding the QEC recommendations would bring the state into compliance.

In the end, it’s about our kids. A fully funded education is their constitutional right. It’s the right thing for their future, and the future of our state.

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