OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Some Washington state lawmakers are considering taking an extra year to pay for education reforms ordered by state Supreme Court.
The court ruled in the school funding lawsuit known as the McCleary decision that the Legislature has until 2018 to fix the way the state pays for basic K-12 education.
But at a meeting in Olympia on Wednesday to discuss the Legislature's required annual report to the court on their progress toward education funding reform, lawmakers got into a side discussion about what the court meant by its 2018 deadline. Does it mean Jan. 1, 2018? Does it mean fiscal year 2018, which begins July 2017? Or does it mean the 2018-2019 school year, which begins in Sept. 2018.
A lawyer from the Washington attorney general's office said maybe they should ask the court.
Lawmakers have until Aug. 29 to file this year's report to the Supreme Court.