AWB statement on Supreme Court McCleary order
OLYMPIA — Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s order regarding the McCleary school funding ruling:
“Lawmakers from both parties have worked together over the last four years to make historic investments in school funding, adding $4.5 billion toward K-12 education. The plan lawmakers approved in July adds an additional $7.3 billion, meaning Washington will for the first time in decades spend more than half of its total budget on K-12 education.
“We are pleased the court acknowledged this significant progress in its order today and concluded that the state’s plan is adequate to satisfy the mandate to fully fund the program of basic education. We understand the court is not satisfied with the timeline for implementing the plan, but we appreciate the challenges facing a closely divided Legislature and the hard work that has gone into this plan. As Gov. Inslee and legislators consider their next steps, we look forward to continuing to work with them.”