Attorney General asks state Supreme Court to end sanctions over education funding

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is on track to fulfill its constitutional requirement to properly fund education and has asked the state Supreme Court to drop a contempt order and lift daily sanctions imposed last year.

On Aug. 13, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court ruled it would fine the Legislature $100,000 per day for violating the court's McCleary decision on fully funding education. The fines began immediately and are to be refunded when the Legislature passes a "complete plan" to fully fund K-12 education by the 2017-18 school year.