Attorney asks court to push hard on school funding

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Attorney asks court to push hard on school funding

AP News

SEATTLE, Wash. – The attorney representing a coalition of parents and education groups that sued the state over school funding says it’s time for the Supreme Court to get tough with lawmakers.

In a filing to the court on Monday, attorney Thomas Ahearne asks the court to warn elected state officials that they face sanctions, a holding of contempt or some other appropriate judicial enforcement if they don’t stop dragging their feet on spending more state dollars on education.

The filing follows an update from the Legislature in August on its progress toward fulfilling a court order to fix the way Washington pays for K-12 education.

In January 2012, the Supreme Court ruled the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to amply pay for basic education.

The Legislature added about $1 billion to education funding this year.