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Attorney General Says No Sanctions Needed School-Funding Spat

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Legislature doesn’t need legal sanctions to comply with a 2012 court mandate to obey orders from the Washington Supreme Court to fully pay for basic education, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says.

The News Tribune reports that Ferguson issued the state’s reply Thursday to a brief filed earlier this month by the group of parents, education groups and school districts that successfully sued the state over inadequate funding of schools. The attorney representing that coalition of parents and education groups had told the Supreme Court it should hold the Legislature in contempt for not obeying its directive.

The Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision said lawmakers are not meeting their constitutional responsibility to fully pay for basic education, and they are relying too much on local tax-levy dollars to balance the education budget.

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