King County Judge John Erlick ruled today that the state of Washington does not fully fund education.
Is this decision really a game-changer though? A generation has passed through Washington public schools since the Doran decision – the last landmark school funding lawsuit in 1977. Have we really made gains in school funding since then? Many folks would say no.
There are several other mechanisms working on changing school funding. The Legislature’s Quality Education Council is working on a solution. Advocacy groups such as the Partnership for Learning and the League of Education Voters are trying to find new ways to pay for public schools. Legislators have set a new deadline of 2018 for a reformed school funding system.
So we have deadlines and advocacy groups and experts and legal rulings … we’ve had these things in one form or another for many years. What’s missing?