This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.
The state’s fiscal crisis gives lawmakers a pass on many otherwise worthwhile proposals this year, but reform of the archaic way Washington pays for K-12 education isn’t one of them.
State coffers need not be flush for the Legislature to officially admit that the state’s definition of basic education and the complex formula it uses to dole out money to school districts are woefully out of date.
Task force after task force has delivered that message to legislators. Electing not to listen – or to acknowledge the problem but punt on solutions – only puts off the inevitable.