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School lawsuit plaintiffs to state Supreme Court: Enforce the constitution

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SEATTLE (AP) — The plaintiffs who sued the state over the way Washington pays for K-12 schools say in their annual check-in with the state Supreme Court that it’s time to enforce the constitution.

In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon, they criticize the Legislature for its lack of progress toward fully paying for basic education.

The brief in the so-called McCleary case accuses the Legislature of continuing to ignore previous court rulings, despite the Supreme Court’s contempt order against the state and the $100,000-a-day file the court is billing the Legislature until it satisfies the justice’s demands.

In their report to the court last month, lawmakers said they have answered the court’s concerns.

Attorney Thomas Ahearne, representing the plaintiffs, says the Legislature did nothing but delay action for another year.