OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Are state lawmakers working fast enough to fully fund education?
That's the question facing State Supreme Court justices as they consider whether the legislature is in contempt of court for not making enough progress toward fully funding public education as required under the so-called McCleary Decision.
That decision found the lack of state school funding to be unconstitutional.
Washington is 47th in nation when it comes to class size and 42nd in per-pupil expenditures according to Washington state Superintendent Randy Dorn.
Dorn estimates lawmakers must find an additional $4 billion in the next legislative session to make appropriates gains in complying with McCleary.
"This is the best thing that could have happened. We need to have this honest discussion about our schools," he said.