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Paying for Public Education in Washington

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MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Legislature's first report to the state Supreme Court on its progress toward paying the full cost of basic education for kids in public school won't tell the justices anything new.

But the draft report, which was discussed at a committee meeting on Mercer Island on Wednesday, does offer a nice overview of what the Legislature has been up to these past few years.

Lawmakers have passed a plan for reforming the way the state pays for kindergarten through 12th grade education. Several task forces have been formed to find money to pay for that plan, but they haven't succeeded yet.

And that's the crux of the lawsuit brought by a coalition of school districts, parents, teachers and other education groups. The Supreme Court ruled in January that it agreed with the coalition that the state is not meeting its duty to fully pay for basic education. The court is asking for yearly reports on its progress toward meeting that goal.