The state Supreme Court recently found that the Legislature had successfully met most of the school funding requirements established in the court’s McCleary order directing the state to meet its constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education. The ruling reviewed each of the “discrete components of basic education,” finding that in all respects that the state complied with the court’s 2012 school-funding order.
That compliance represents a major bipartisan achievement. Under the two-year budget adopted last session, K-12 education spending will have roughly doubled since 2012.
One sticking point: The court said that the state had missed a funding deadline, one lawmakers had set for themselves. The budget adopted last session does not fully fund salary obligations for the 2018-19 school year. Lawmakers instead delayed full funding until the 2019-20 school year. An additional $1 billion is estimated to be necessary for full funding in 2018-19.
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