From Washington State Budget&Policy Center:
Today, Pacifica Law Group filed an amicus brief with the Washington
State Supreme Court on our behalf that makes it clear that legislators
cannot responsibly address the requirements of the McCleary decision to fully fund education without raising new revenue.
Joining us as co-signers on the brief are Centerstone, Equity in
Education Coalition, Eldercare Alliance, Solid-Ground, Statewide Poverty
Action Network and students from the University of Washington.
In the amicus brief we argue that the math doesn’t pencil out when
you try to fully fund basic education without new revenue. It details
the devastating impact of potential budget cuts on students, low-income
families, communities of color, supports for older adults and children,
Full statement at their website.
Read the full amicus brief here.
They get right to the point at the beginning of the brief: it's been three legislative sessions, modest movement and no real funding or plan by the 2018 court deadline.
"To meet the 2018 deadline, and to sustain long term funding for education and other essential state functions and obligations, the Legislature must reform the existing state revenue system."
"Even accounting for increased revenue driven by the economic recovery, there will not be sufficient funds to maintain state services at their current levels in the 2015-2017 biennial budget, let along additional revenue to get the State on track to meet the 2018 McCleary deadline.