Supreme Court rules $100,000-a-day sanctions to continue in education funding case

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state Supreme Court has ruled that $100,000-a-day sanctions should continue against Washington state while a taskforce continues its work to determine how the state will comply with a court order to fully fund the state’s basic education system.

The 8-1 ruling was issued Thursday. The majority wrote that once the state files a report on actions taken to remedy the funding issues after the next biennial budget is signed by the governor, it will determine whether additional actions need to be taken.

The court previously found the state in contempt in 2014 for its lack of progress on its 2012 ruling, and last year imposed the sanctions that have been accumulating for more than a year and which are supposed to be set aside into a separate education account.

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