Dorn calls for school closures

— The state’s top educator is calling for drastic action to “force full state funding of education.”

Superintendent of Public Schools Randy Dorn this week filed a brief with the state Supreme Court calling for public schools to close, stopping the payment of special levies to school districts and forcing legislators to personally pay a share of a $100,000 fine.

Dorn’s filing is in response to the court’s McCleary ruling in 2012. It found lawmakers weren’t meeting the state’s constitutional requirement to fund basic education. Since then, the court has held the state in contempt and issued a $100,000 daily fine until the state fully funds basic education.

“Our students deserve better. I hope the Supreme Court understands this,” he said.



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