How the complex history of teacher pay in Washington slows down education funding solutions

Local Washington Education Association members at the state Supreme Court after a McCleary case hearing in September. The state highest court has ruled that Washington is violating its constitution by failing to cover the full cost of providing a basic education at public schools.  (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)

Before the state can finally settle the McCleary case, lawmakers first must solve the complex puzzle of how school districts in Washington pay for the salaries of nearly 65,000 classroom teachers.

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