Kudos to Peter Callaghan at the News Tribune for his column on what the Supreme Court should do to nudge the Legislature along to enact McCleary. (If you read the column, you'll see I'm being sarcastic about "nudge.")
Out the gate:
“Do we look stupid? We may have faults individually and collectively,
but we’re not stupid. We ruled unanimously in January 2012 that the
state is in violation of the rights of its children to an amply funded
education. We pointed out the words — again — in the state constitution
that say education is the state’s ‘paramount duty.’
No more whining:
Rather than listen to you complain about this court’s order, let us
remind you how accommodating we’ve been. We let you decide how to define
basic education. We let you determine how much all that costs. We let
you create the funding formulas and the timelines. And we gave you six years to do it!
Get it done:
“What follows is what we call a ‘court order.’ That means it isn’t
subject to debate or interpretation or you all sitting around over beers
contemplating the meaning of life. It just means you do it, OK?
“Before the end of 2014, you are ordered to convene in special
session and fix the problem. If it helps motivate you, pretend this is
Boeing or the Mariners asking. You can even wear ball caps.
“You will add funding that gets the state two-thirds toward
the totals that you – not us – came up with for basic education. You
will then present a specific plan on how to find the final one-third by