Lawmakers say they're not delaying school dollars

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SEATTLE — A group of Democratic lawmakers say they are not trying to push back the deadline for implementing school funding reform.

Despite statements to the contrary last week, they say they want to see the state fully pay for basic education in time for the 2017-18 school year.

At a committee hearing in Olympia on July 31, Rep. Jaime Pedersen, D-Seattle, asked what exactly did the Washington Supreme Court mean when it set a 2018 deadline in the school funding lawsuit known as the McCleary decision.

In an email sent Monday, the four Democratic members of the committee, including Pedersen, clarified that they had no intention of putting off their constitutional and moral obligation to fully fund basic education.