Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, and Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, who serve as Democratic representatives on the Article IX Litigation Committee charged with reporting to the Supreme Court on the Legislature's implementation of the Court's McCleary decision, today issued the following statement:
"We believe that the Legislature’s top priority over the next four years must be implementing the Supreme Court's McCleary decision and fulfilling our constitutional and moral obligation to fully fund basic education.
"The Court pointed to HB 2261 and HB 2776 as reforms that, if implemented and funded, would fulfill that obligation. While some may argue that the language from the original HB 2261 passed in 2009 was ambiguous in terms of the exact full implementation date, it was clearly stated in HB 2776 (in RCWs 28A.150.260 & 28A.150.315), passed the next year and clarifying the timing of some enhancements to basic education, that the intended completion date for implementation was the 2017-18 school year.
"Democrats are committed to fulfilling our constitutional and moral obligation to fully fund basic education, and believe doing so on the schedule called for by the Supreme Court allows for differential phase-in of some enhancements but ultimately requires full implementation of all components of the program of basic education by the 2017-18 school year."