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Jerry Cornfield | jcornfield@heraldnet.com
Published: Monday, September 17, 2012, 4:54 p.m.

Lawmakers update high court on school funding

As expected, a bipartisan panel of lawmakers today told the state Supreme Court what it pretty much already knew of the efforts to increase state funding for public schools.

Around 4 p.m., the panel delivered a 40-page report which attempts to set the stage for how lawmakers will work to fully cover the cost of basic education as the justices required in a ruling earlier this year.

“Because this is the first of several anticipated reports, and because the Legislature did not make changes to basic education funding during the 2012 legislative session, this report provides a baseline description of the K-12 budget and information on recent legislative activities in order to provide context for future reports,” lawmakers wrote in the executive summary.

Under that so-called McCleary decision, the committee of House and Senate members from both parties must submit annual progress reports, starting with today's analysis.

You can read the report and the Supreme Court's decision in the McCleary case here.

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