When the Legislature made its annual report to the Washington Supreme Court this week on progress toward improving the way the state pays for public schools, lawmakers said they did the best they could under the circumstances. Legislative critics do not agree.
The attorney for a coalition of school districts, educators, parents and community groups that won an education funding lawsuit against the state expects the Supreme Court to rebuke the Legislature. Tom Ahearne thinks the court will tell lawmakers they aren't trying hard enough.
The superintendent of public instruction gives lawmakers an "incomplete" grade on this year's report. Randy Dorn says lawmakers need to find some more money for education when they meet next January or they'll never make the 2018 deadline set by the Supreme Court.
Parents and teachers also have problems with the legislative report.