Associated Press: Wash. lawmakers moving slowly toward education funding deadline

This article was written by the Associated Press and originally appeared on King 5 News on September 6th, 2012.

SEATTLE — Washington lawmakers plan to argue right up until a Sept. 17 deadline about what they should tell the Supreme Court about how they’ll fix the way the state pays for K-12 education.

In July, the court gave the Legislature two months to file its first report on what they were doing in answer to a January ruling that the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to amply pay for basic education. In the past decade, education spending has gone from close to 50 percent to just above 40 percent of the state budget, despite the fact that some education spending is protected by the constitution.

State lawmakers have in recent years been dealing with large budget deficits, and earlier this year they cut $300 million in state funding. The spending plan didn’t include any cuts to education, but lawmakers will continue to scramble to find money to pay for government services when they meet again in January.

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