Reykdal: Court Case is Foundation to K-12 Transformation
OLYMPIA — June 7, 2018 — The Washington State Supreme Court’s
ruling today comes as no surprise. The Legislature has made meaningful progress during the past three budget cycles.
McCleary v. State of Washington concerned a previous model of education funding. That model relied too heavily on local property taxes and not enough on state resources, and this is why the Supreme Court found it unconstitutional.
While the Legislature ultimately resolved the court case by increasing state resources spent on K-12 education, it did not fundamentally change how to support students and educators or increase student achievement.
Now is the time to transform our education system to better meet the needs of all students. Even with the shift from local to state funding, Washington still invests less than other states.
With the conclusion of the case, it is time to look ahead. We know where additional resources are needed: to support students with disabilities, close opportunity gaps, build and maintain adequate school facilities, improve pathways to graduation, and provide professional development for educators, among other items.
Much work has been done to this point, but now it is time to transform our education system into one that works for
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 Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement 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 Director of the Office of Equity and Civil Rights at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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