Blog on WA Ed Funding

by Rep. Ross Hunter - Chair Ways & Means

 

 

 

 

 

Current Events Archive

back to Jan. 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Funding Washington Schools

Our Schools, Our Students — Our Choices for Funding Their Futures

Why This Website?  WA Schools Are In Crisis: a State problem playing out locally

Welcome to FWS, a resource for learning how Washington State funds its K-12 public schools.

Rising costs and declining State funds have strained our local schools to the breaking point!

All Washingtonians are impacted by the chronic funding issues eroding public education,

and the erosion of opportunities for Washington students.

FWS is a neutral depot of K-12 finance history & resources, but with a premise: schools are underfunded.

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The FWS Guiding Principles

¨ There is Opportunity for Solutions ESHB 2261 education reform bill in progress since 2009

¨ Advocacy Works inform and support your policymakers as they debate ed funding issues

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C u r r e n t  E v e n t s  2 0 1 4:  For updates on legislation and reform news, see What’s New links above.

Sep 11: McCleary rules - Seattle Times - Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding; Crosscut - Court puts Legislature on notice: Do more for schools or face consequences; NEWS - Supreme Court rules unanimously: Legislature is in contempt.

Sep 10: WASA Board Action Regarding Initiative 1351: Class-Size Reduction.

Sep 03: Crosscut - Pushing Legislature on McCleary? Supreme Court considers nuclear option; Seattle Times - McCleary showdown: Two messages from the Washington Supreme Court.

Aug 22: Where are Washington K-12 dollars? Just ask Microsoft shareholders.

Jan 19: WA Supreme Court on Leg’s K-12 funding: Seatle Times “How will Supreme Court React”; Crosscut on “Divide between Inslee, Republicans;  Bellingham Herald “Gov’s call for COLA, $200M for teachers”; Crosscut “Leg 2014 Ready to Rumble”; Sen. Litzow on KUOW;

Archives: Current Events of 2012-13, includes context for 2013-15 education budget

H i s t o r y:  Education Reform Bill #2261 became law in 2009, is in-progress to implement by 2018+

Jul 18: Washington Supreme Court gives another win for basic education! Seattle Time article.  Coalition to critique reports.

Jan 05, 2011: WA State Supreme Court issues decision on State's appeal of McCleary v. State ruling: Washington State is failing to meet its constitutionally paramount duty to fully fund K-12 education; Court will retain jurisdiction to ensure Legislature funds ESHB 2261 and SHB 2776 reforms!  But the court did not require the Legislature to take specific action, ordering instead the State to periodically update the Court; Seattle Times article; NEWS’ statement; WSSDA recap.

Feb. 04, 2010: Milestone News!  Judge Erlick ruled in NEWS' favor on all elements of lawsuit against the State.

The court declared the State out of compliance with the Constitution and ordered the State to determine the actual cost of K-12 education.

Nov. 12, 2009: The WA State Supreme Court overturns the King County Superior Court ruling brought 3 years ago by the Federal Way School District — cost-of-living inequity ruled constitutional: education reform lost out in this case.

May 20, 2009: Governor Gregoire signed ESHB 2261 into law, the K-12 Education Funding Reform Bill of the decade; bill marks the first major change to the definition of Basic Education in over 30 years. Bill components to be implemented in stages (primary oversight committee is the Quality Education Council (QEC) - no funding amounts or sources are identified or tied to bill 2261.

· Outline of 2261 & Work Group Chart as passed by Leg. & signed by Gov. - by LEV / George Scarola

Apr. 20, 2009: Bill ESHB 2261 as passed by Legislature; and Governor Gregoire’s Veto Message (Go to more info).

Jan 14, 2009: Final Report of the Joint Task Force on Basic Education Finance - key findings on the definition of Basic Ed and funding formulae in the committee report to the Legislature as directed by SB 5627 in the 2007 Legislature.

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Links to a timeline of WA education reform events

Archives   1) Current Events back to Jan. 2009 includes impacts on K-12 by biennial budgets

                        2) Archive of Event History in 2008

More context for the evolution of ongoing education reform in WA:

ESHB 2261—2009’s Education Reform Bill, the History of Funding K-12, the

Basic Ed Finance Joint Task Force, more Basic Ed Finance Topics, and the Basic Ed Finance Docs .

"It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision

for the education of all

children residing within

its borders...."  WA State Constitution

 

Understand the consequences of underfunded K-12 students

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