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By Izumi Hansen
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Legislature struggles with court-ordered education funding


Teachers’ compensation, teacher-shortage, the educational opportunity gap and school districts’ operating levies are all on Washington State legislators’ agenda this session as the state Supreme Court’s McCleary mandate—along with the court’s $100,000 per day contempt citation—loom over the proceedings.

The 2016 session began Monday in Olympia.

The Washington State Supreme Court in its January 2012 McCleary v. State of Washington decision, determined the state was not fulfilling its constitutional requirement to fund basic education for all students, including compensation for basic-education teachers. The court required the state to fulfill its duties and provide annual rep...

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