New in the McCleary case: The AG answers the Supreme Court's questions

The attorney general’s office has responded to the state Supreme Court’s July 14 order in the McCleary case. No big surprises here -- the brief argues the contempt order should be dissolved and the sanctions ended.

How to help rural economies

As Opportunity Washington noted yesterday, while the unemployment rate in the Puget Sound region is low, it is higher in other parts of the state. 

Along those lines, Governing Magazine has an interesting story this month: "Can Counties Fix Rural America's Endless Recession?"

State Supreme Court will hear arguments in McCleary case on Sept. 7

Today the state Supreme Court ordered the parties in the McCleary school funding case to appear before the Court on Sept. 7.

How will the revenue forecast affect the budget?

Kriss wrote a few days ago that the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) increased the state revenue forecast last week. In near general fund–state plus opportunity pathways (NGFS+) terms, 2015–17 revenue is expected to increase by $308.2 million and 2017–19 revenue is expected to increase by $126.4 million.

The AG on potential additional McCleary sanctions

As required by the state Supreme Court, the Legislature submitted its 2016 report on its McCleary progress to the Court on May 18. The same day, the attorney general asked the Court to lift the contempt order and end sanctions.

Policy Today Podcast: Special Report on K-12 Funding & McCleary Ruling

Today's podcast topic is our new comprehensive report on K-12 education funding in Washington and the state Supreme Court's McCleary ruling, which mandates full state funding of basic education by 2018. We discuss the report, what the Legislature's done so far (a lot) and what it still has left to do (a lot).

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New report: McCleary Deadline Approaching, But How Long Will the Solution Last?

In a new report, we write about the McCleary decision, education funding enhancements the state has made in response, and what remains to be done. We also provide background on the state property tax system and school funding.


Special-ed advocates chime in on K-12 funding

The Seattle Times reported Friday on a brief filed by special-education advocates in the ongoing McCleary case, which deals with state funding of K-12 public schools. They argue that the state's funding, and funding formula, for Washington's 125,000 special-ed students are inadequate:

The AG on the Legislature's McCleary report (plus, the alternative budget outlook has been released)

Yesterday the Legislature filed its report to the state Supreme Court on its progress toward complying with the McCleary decision on education funding. (The report was approved last week.)

A new budget outlook, and a discussion of McCleary costs

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC) met today to adopt a new budget outlook. There was a lot of discussion, with members getting into questions about how much the remaining McCleary pieces will cost and whether they should be accounted for in the four-year outlook. (Here are the meeting materials.)