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Washington Schools Chief Sues Districts Over Funding


Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn in 2011. Dorn is suing seven Washington school districts.

Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn in 2011. Dorn is suing seven Washington school districts.

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is suing seven of Washington’s largest school districts, saying they are illegally using local property tax levies to supplement employee salaries that should by paid out of the state budget.

The News Tribune reports the state of Washington is a defendant in the suit filed Tuesday by Dorn, who is not seeking re-election this fall. The school districts named in the suit include Seattle, Spokane, Vancouver, Bellevue, Tacoma, Everett and Puyallup.

Dorn said he filed the lawsuit out of frustration that the Legislature isn’t doing more to comply with court orders to fully fund public schools. In the McCleary case, the state Supreme Court ruled four years ago Washington state was failing to meet its obligation to fully fund basic education, and must correct funding problems by 2018.

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