OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Washington told the state Supreme Court that they are on the path to comply with a court order to fully fund the state's basic education system, and that a contempt order and sanctions should be lifted.

But an attorney for the group that sued the state told the justices Wednesday that the state has made such unfilled promises before, and compared the ongoing debate to a merry go round.

The lawsuit against the state was brought by a coalition of school districts, parents, teachers and education groups — known as the McCleary case for the family named in the suit.

Since the 2012 ruling, lawmakers have spent more than $2 billion to address issues raised in the lawsuit.