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State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the Supreme Court’s McCleary Order

December 21, 2012

On Jan. 5, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled (McCleary v. Washington) that the state isn’t amply funding basic education. On Dec. 20, the Washington state Supreme Court issued an order regarding progress made in McCleary. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the order.

I welcome the Supreme Court’s order on the first report prepared by the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation. It is crucial that the Supreme Court stay involved in the process.

The committee’s report outlined steps the Legislature is taking to meet the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. The Supreme Court wrote that the report falls short of expectations, writing, “The report does not sufficiently indicate how full compliance with (the Constitution) will be achieved.” It required the Legislature to present a clear plan for full funding of basic education with timelines.

But such a plan already exists. The Quality Education Council, formed in 2009, has created a plan for full funding of basic education by 2018. I support the QEC’s plan, and I urge the Legislature to do the same. The longer we wait to fully fund basic education, the more students will fail to get the education they deserve.


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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