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By Izumi Hansen
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Teachers' pay, levies targets of study ordered in House education bill


Monday the Washington House of Representatives passed a bill 64-34 that would create a group to produce recommendations for retaining and fully compensating teachers, as required by the Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary mandate.

That Supreme Court decision found the state was not meeting its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education. Since September 2014 the court has held the state in contempt for failing to produce plans to accomplish this task, and in August last year issued a $100,000 per day penalty for failing to comply with its order. Basic education must be fully funded by 2018.

The Supreme Court includes teacher compensation as a component of basic education and found...

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