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.)

The 2016 Legislature's report on its McCleary progress

Yesterday the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Legislation met and approved its 2016 report to the state Supreme Court. Since 2012, this committee has been providing annual reports to the Court regarding the Legislature's progress toward complying with the McCleary decision.

The 2016 report argues that in enacting E2SSB 6195, 

Teacher salaries and the budget

In The News Tribune, Melissa Santos writes,

State Rep. Hans Dunshee, the budget writer in the Democratic-controlled House, said the dispute over teacher raises is part of what is delaying a budget deal. . . .

While House Democrats and Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee have proposed boosting what the state pays for beginning teachers, the Senate’s proposed budget includes no money for teacher raises.

McCleary bill, with changes, clears Senate committee hurdle

In the continuing saga of legislation to address the state Supreme Court's McCleary​ ruling on K-12 basic education funding, the Senate Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday took action, approving its version - but not without changes, or controversy.

McCleary planning bill making way through Senate

Last week we updated you on the status of legislation to set a timeline for state compliance with the McCleary ruling (which dealt with state funding for K-12 basic education).

The latest on McCleary & K-12 education funding

You practically need a flow chart these days to keep track of what's happening on McCleary (the 2012 state Supreme Court ruling - which the Legislature is in the midst of complying with - that said the state is unconstitutionally not paying the full cost of basic education).

The big remaining task of the state is to fully fund school-employee salaries for basic education. Legislation moving through the House and Senate would, in a nutshell:

New brief: Gov. Inslee’s Teacher Shortage Proposal: Good Policy, Bad Timing?

When Gov. Inslee proposed his 2016 supplemental budget, he also proposed a teacher recruitment and retention plan. We take a look at it in a new policy brief: Gov. Inslee’s Teacher Shortage Proposal: Good Policy, Bad Timing?