SEATTLE, Wash. - The group of school districts, education groups, teachers, and parents that sued the state over the way it pays for public schools sent a letter to lawmakers this week. The letter urges lawmakers to make a bold increase in education spending in 2013.
The Washington Supreme Court ruled a year ago the state is not fulfilling its constitutional duty to pay for basic education. The court says it is relying too much on school districts to raise extra dollars through local levies.
The justices told the Legislature they want to see them pay for education reforms they already adopted and also want proof of yearly progress toward completing the work by 2018.
The letter reminds lawmakers that the Supreme Court was not pleased with their first progress support filed last September.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:43:51 GMT
BREAKING NEWS - The Medical Examiner's Office has revised the death toll in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado from 91 people to at least 24 people.>>
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:31 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:31:19 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. >>
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