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McCleary bill to be signed on Monday

Lawmakers are in the midst of a 60-day legislative session where their biggest priority, besides passing a supplemental school budget, was to focus on the chronic underfunding of the state’s public schools.

On Monday, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign the bill many lawmakers are hoping will satisfy the state’s top court.

Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, was a chief sponsor of the plan that although many said falls short, does set up a task force to study how to end the state’s reliance on local school levies and how to fully fund the state’s education system. She said she’ll be there for the signing.

When the measure passed the Senate, Inslee praised Rivers for working “collaboratively on behalf of (the) state’s 1 million schoolchildren.”

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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