Superintendent Dorn responded to the filing with a short press release calling the legislator's 2013 actions "incomplete."
On Tuesday, the state Legislature submitted a report to the state Supreme Court about their progress to fully fund basic education by 2018. I grade their efforts as “incomplete.”
During the 2013 legislative session, I said – repeatedly – that to get our state on the path to fully funding education by 2018, the Legislature should add $4 billion to education spending in the 2013-15 biennium. And at the minimum, a $1.4 billion increase would be a very small deposit.
The Legislature fell short: They chose to increase the education budget by less than $1 billion.
Tom Ahearne, lead attorney for the coalition that won the case, believes the actions taken by the 2013 legislature did not go far enough as seen in this The Columbian report about the Court response.
"I think they are doing what they think they can get away with," said attorney Tom Ahearne. "The court is going to have to decide if we are just going to sit back and do nothing or are we going to be vigilant and make sure the constitution is enforced.
What really matters is how the Court responds to the decisions made in the 2013 session. Are they making adequate progress to full funding as mandated by the court? The Court's answer to that question will set the stage for the 2014 session and influence future funding of our learning journey.