Sens. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island and David Frockt, D-Seattle, were recently appointed to represent the Senate Democratic Caucus for a critical discussion on K-12 education funding.
The Senators join the Governor as well as representatives from each of the four legislative caucuses. The group is tasked with answering a directive from the State Supreme Court which includes the development of a K-12 funding plan by April 30th.
“We’ve passed major reforms for student learning in recent years, like class size reduction so that our children receive the individual attention they deserve, but we still haven’t funded them,” McAuliffe said. “This work group is a chance for us to finally find a path forward to fulfill the promises we’ve made to students and their families. This is our paramount duty, and our children and grandchildren are counting on us to take action.”
“We have some serious work to do in a very short period of time,” said Ranker, the assistant ranking member on the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee. “We cannot continue to take money from other people who desperately need it to answer our obligation to our school kids. A dedicated funding source is the only truly sustainable solution.”
“As we said in the Democratic draft of the Article IX report to the Supreme Court, we’re still not on track to fulfill our constitutional and moral obligation to fully fund a basic education for all Washington students,” Frockt said. “We cannot take the risk of a constitutional crisis over education funding – we should all be able to agree that getting this done and funding these transformative reforms for our students is the right thing to do. Let’s get to work.”
The group will sit down for the first time together Tuesday morning.