- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - The Latest on legislative action on school funding (all times local):

4 p.m.

Lawmakers agreed Wednesday on a report to the Washington Supreme Court on progress they’ve made toward fully paying the cost of basic education.

The report outlines their plan to correct the state’s overreliance on local school tax levies. The plan calls for more data on school employee pay and commits the 2017 Legislature to finish the work the Supreme Court demanded in its 2012 McCleary ruling on school funding.

The plan also assigned the planning work to the Education Funding Task Force, which met earlier in the day.


1 p.m.

Lawmakers are meeting in Olympia on Wednesday to talk about the next steps toward answering the Washington Supreme Court’s McCleary decision on education funding.

First, the Education Funding Task Force met to talk about gathering salary data from school districts. The data will help lawmakers figure out how much teacher pay and other school salaries are paid for with local levy dollars, an issue the Supreme Court raised in its 2012 decision.

Lawmakers say that data will give them a more concrete figure to use when they debate how much money the state’s budget will need to go up to fully pay the cost of basic education.

Lawmakers are also meeting on Wednesday to talk about their annual report to the Supreme Court on how much progress they have made toward meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision.



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