No. 80602-1.

199 P.3d 980 (2009)

Cheryl DELYRIA and Judy Koch, Respondents, v. STATE of Washington, Washington State School for the Blind, Petitioners.

Supreme Court of Washington.

Decided January 29, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Warren Howard Fischer, Jr., Anne Elizabeth Egeler, Attorney General's Office, Olympia, WA, for Petitioners.

Thomas K. Doyle, Bennett Hartman Morris & Kaplan LLP, Portland, OR, for Respondents.


¶ 1 This case presents a question of statutory interpretation involving the meaning of the term "salary" as it applies to certificated teachers at the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB). Washington law requires that WSSB teachers' salaries "conform to and be contemporary with" salaries of local school district teachers. RCW 72.40.028 (pay parity statute). This dispute arises because three related statutes governing teacher

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