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Gregoire supports McKenna’s decision to appeal McCleary school funding case

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on March 26, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
March 26, 2010 5:06 pm

Yesterday I posted an item about state Attorney General Rob McKenna serving notice that he will appeal the King County Superior Court decision in the McCleary case. That was the ruling that the state is failing to meet its constitutional duty to adequately fund public education.

Here is a statement from Gov. Chris Gregoire on that decision which appears to support McKenna’s notion that the case is big enough that it should be reviewed by the state Supreme Court.

“I am committed to meeting the state’s paramount duty to provide for the education of our children. With legislation passed last year and this year, our state is poised to make major reforms to improve the way we educate our children and fund our schools. The lower court in its decision acknowledged this work.

“As we embark on major reforms and invest taxpayer dollars we need clear direction from the Washington Supreme Court on the constitutional framework that must guide the Legislature’s decision making. I am pleased we will have direction from the state’s highest court as we work to ensure a world class education for our children.”

Given this week’s dust up between Democrat Gregoire and Republican McKenna over his joining of a multi-state challenge to the federal health reform law, I thought it would be interesting to show that they do agree on some things.

Education advocates asked for and praised Judge John Erlick‘s 100-page decision and had urged the state not to appeal.

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