Local lawmakers split on Supreme Courts role in education funding

first_imgOn the same day students across Clark County returned to the classroom, the state’s top court and Legislature faced off in Olympia over the future of public school funding. The hearing in the Temple of Justice on Wednesday was the latest showdown stemming from the 2012 McCleary decision where the court declared the level of public school funding unconstitutional. The Supreme Court justices wanted to know why state lawmakers shouldn’t be held in contempt for not coming up with a detailed plan — as ordered by the court — to adequately fund public schools across the state.In keeping with custom, justices did not make a ruling from the bench. But local lawmakers had a wide-ranging reaction to the latest showdown. Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said it’s time for the court to take a bold step. He said holding lawmakers in contempt could add the extra pressure the Legislature needs to find a solution.“They could shut down all the school districts in a more radical ruling,” he said. ‘I think it’s dangerous’Across the aisle and in the upper chamber, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, said justices are treading into dangerous territory and leading the state toward a constitutional crisis.last_img

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