Washington State Lawmakers Differ on Education Changes
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers disagree on whether or not to highlight policy changes for the state Supreme Court.
Lawmakers must submit a report to the high court by the end of the month in response to the court's mandate to fully fund public schools in the state.
Republicans want to use the report to describe recent policy changes and to suggest that lawmakers are willing to do more.
However, a Democratic draft of the report doesn't describe those policy shifts, and Democrats want to ask the court whether any policy changes are necessary.
This year, the Legislature allocated about $1 billion more for basic education for the current budget cycle. Lawmakers estimate they need to find a total of between $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion more over the coming years to fully pay for basic education.