Lawyer: Punish Legislature Over School Funding

SEATTLE (AP) -- The attorney representing a coalition of parents and education groups that sued the state over school funding told the Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday it should hold the Legislature in contempt for not obeying its orders.

Thomas Ahearne says the court should send lawmakers back to Olympia to finish their work.

In January, the Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to make immediate and real progress toward fully funding the state's public schools this year and create a plan for completing the work by the 2017-2018 school year.

In his written response to the Legislature's report to the Supreme Court, Ahearne says lawmakers do not seem to understand that the Supreme Court was issuing an order, not making a suggestion.

The Legislature made its report to the court a few weeks ago.