State schools chief says it's time to think about closing public schools

Washington's schools superintendent says it's time to think about closing all public schools until the state can figure out how to fully fund them.

The Seattle Times reports that schools chief Randy Dorn filed a court brief Wednesday, arguing that the state Supreme Court should consider closing schools until the Legislature shows signs of “real progress.”

In 2012, the court ruled Washington was violating its constitutional obligation to fund K through 12 education.

The Legislature has poured billions more into schools, but they haven't come to an agreement on the final elements needed to comply with the ruling.

Dorn is not seeking re-election next year.

He also suggested the court stop some special tax exemptions or divert non-school funds to spend on education.