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Thursday, January 29, 2015 Free Press Page 9 ton St alleging the state was not meeting its Partprepal of ared3-partby theSeries constitutional obligation to amply fund a uniform system of education. In 2009, the'Legislature passed / Washington Newspaper House Bill 2261, which created a pro- cess 'for defining a fully state funded i : Prototypical School Model" by 2018. According to Article IX of the A year later, the Legislature passed HB Washington State Constitu- 2776, committing the state to funding tion, the state's paramount four parts of the model: duty" is to provide an "ample" and Full funding of student transpor- "uniform" education for all children, tation, In 1977, Judge Robert Doran ruled that Full funding of materials, supplies, the state was in violation of the constitu- and operating costs (MSOC), tion because school districts were relying Funding for all-day Kindergar- on local special levies to fund a large per- ten, tion of the costs of the education system. Lowering class sizes in grades K-3 The Legislature that year responded by to 17:1. passing the Basic Education Act, which The state did make progress in defined what the state would pay for in funding these commitments during terms of education and the Levy Lid Act, the 2013-15 biennial budget, but fund- which limited local levies to 10 percent of ing HB 2776 would only satisfy part of a school district's budget, the McCleary mandate. Thousands of Over time, however, the Legislature school district staff are still being paid has raised the levy lid. As in the 1970s, with levy funds. levies again are being used to pay a The Supreme Court ruled on Mc- large share of the costs of the education Cleary in January 2012. In a unanimous system in many school districts, decision, the Court found that: In 2007 a group of parents and The state was in violation of the school districts filed the McCleary case, constitution, al action continued from page 1 While the issue per- proved a renewal contract tains to policing services with the Airway Heights Ross said it's something at the state institutions, Police Department and they could pursue down Ross made it clear that the Washington State De- the road. the city is not going to sue partment of Corrections Eastern State Hospital. to use the city's firing Ross and City Attorney ,, , Cynthia McMullen said We don t want this to range. they may research different come from Eastern State Ross announced legal avenues the city can Hospital's budget," Ross he would be filling in go to pursue a lawsuit, said. "This is a line item as the city's code en- that the state should pro- forcement officer for 2-6 "Just saying 'it's not vide (to the city)." months. fair' isn't enough," Ross said. In other business: AI Stover can be reached The council ap- at al@cheneyfreepress.com. 2013-2015 Operating Budget !-1351 Grades General High High Poverty' Poverty Schools General School K-I 25.23 20.30 17.00 15,00 2-3 25.23 24.10 17.00 ! 5.00 4 27.00 2700 25.00 22.00 5'6 27,00 27,00 25.00 23.00 7-8 28,53 28,53 25.00 23.00 9-12 28,74 28,74 25,00 23.00 Graphic by WNPA Comparison of the general education class size average in Initiative 1351 and in the 2013-2015 Operating Budget Relying on focal levies to fund ba- would impose sanctions or remedial sic education is unconstitutional,measures. The Court would also re- * Following the process created byview any funding plan adopted by HB 2261, and funding a Prototypical the Legislature to see that it met the School Model based on previous educa- Court's requirements. tionresearch, the Court noted the pair of Complicating the Legislature's actions would "remedy the deficiencies task this session is the effect Initiative in the K-12 funding system." 1351 may have on achieving the fully In addition, the Court retained funded education goal. That initiative jurisdiction of the case to monitor the was approved by voters in November state's progress. 2014 and requires a smaller class size In September 2014, the Courtruled than in the Legislature's remedial the state was in contempt for failing to proposals and the Supreme Court's comply with a previous court order, mandate. Further, the initiative did which required the state to submit a not contain a funding resource leaving "complete plan for fully implement- local school districts and the state's ing" funding for the prototypical budget masters to determine how or model "for each school year between if it should be implemented, and how now and the 2017-18 school year." to pay for it. If the Legislature does not adopt This article was prepared by the Wash- such a plan by adjournment of the ington State Superintendent of Public In- 2015 legislative session, the Court struction and updated by WNPA Olympia intends to determine whether it News Bureau Reporter Alice Day. I 7 am -5 pm Men - Fri I . . |~w['x'z~al I'f~ SdtL'irt~a] %Dediv~ ~'] m t ' J I Foreign& I, S ii? I" sand & Gravel ~1 Serving Spokane For Over 60 Years I * Crushed Rock I I Complete CN[isien Repair l Drain Rock " I Oomeati I |" Pea Gravel I I Gary Hustad, Owner I I " Decorative I I Basalt Boulders I "Top So,. Fi, I 3104 N. 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