State Supreme Court Wants Education $$ Plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Supreme Court is ordering lawmakers to submit a complete plan by the end of April to detail how the state will fully pay for basic education.   

The 8-1 ruling issued Thursday afternoon said that while the state made progress in last year's budget to increase funding for K-12 education, it was "not on target" to hit the required funding by the 2017-18 year.   In its decision on a lawsuit brought by a coalition of school districts, parents and education groups the high court initially ruled in January 2012 that the state is not meeting its constitutional obligation concerning education funding.  

In the ruling, the Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to make yearly progress reports on its efforts. Those reports are then critiqued by the group that brought the lawsuit, and by the Supreme Court.