January 06, 2012
The state supreme court has ruled that Washington is violating its own constitution
and failing to provide adequately for basic public education. The ruling is vindication for State Superintendent
Randy Dorn, who has been railing against further cuts.
Cuts to the school year, levy
equalization dollars, and other money saving ideas have been floated by Governor Gregoire to ease a state budget
gap that still amounts to almost a billion dollars heading into Monday’s 60-day legislative session.
/> But yesterday’s supreme court ruling seems to take cuts to education off the table. To
get a reaction, Isaac Kaplan-Woolner reached State Superintendent Randy Dorn by phone.
decision issued on Thursday says the state supreme court will leave the next steps of meeting basic education
needs up to lawmakers.