Senate panel gets an earful on school funding

The state Senate’s Education Committee was in Everett on Tuesday night to hear from teachers, school officials, parents and even a couple of students, all who wanted to make sure legislators understand how important it is to fix the way public schools are funded in Washington. The problem, acknowledged by the Legislature and given added emphasis by the state Supreme Court’s recent finding of contempt, is that local school levies have been used unconstitutionally to bridge the gap between what teachers are paid and what the state provides for pay and benefits.