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EDUCATION: Court needs to be more specific

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on Jan. 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm | 15 Comments »
January 5, 2012 2:50 pm

Although the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the state is not fully funding basic education, it left the interpretation of what “basic education” is to others to figure out.

RCW 28A.150.210 defines what basic education is, but does not clarify at what level the basic education ends. It defines basic education as understanding of core subject concepts in reading, writing, math, geography, history, civics, government, science, health and fitness, and fine arts. It does not define what level students must achieve at. It does not include services of special education or other extra services schools typically include as basic education.

What the court should have done was specify exactly what basic education includes and at what level of competency students must show at each grade level and be specific in what the Legislature must do to guarantee all students receive a basic education.

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