Coming four days before the Legislature begins its 2014 session, the court's latest order responds to the work lawmakers did in 2013, when they budgeted an extra $1 billion for basic education.
But that fell short in most categories of recommendations by a task force, the court noted. Eight of nine justices signed the order, calling for lawmakers to write a complete plan by April for phasing in billions of dollars of extra funding by 2018.
It's clear that "the pace of progress must quicken," the court wrote.
"We have no wish to be forced into entering specific funding directives to the State, or, as some high courts have done, holding the legislature in contempt of court," the court said, hinting at possible ways it could step up pressure on lawmakers. "But, it is incumbent upon the state to demonstrate, through immediate, concrete action, that it is making real and measurable progress, not simply promises."
You can check out the Court's response here. It is only nine pages and well worth the read. They use straight language in conveying the message that action in the last session did not meet the Court's expectations and that change and new money is expected. They cite transportation, MOOCs, and salaries as examples of not meeting expectations.