The Washington Supreme Court’s 2009 McCleary decision was a powerful ruling in favor of the citizens of Washington, specifically those affected by the underfunding of public education.
This decision made the state responsible for not meeting the unique mandate of our state constitution, which states that “It is the paramount duty of the State to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders” (Article IX, §1). This particular mandate values each citizen getting a fair K-12 education.
This year, the court found that the state was not in compliance with the decision, as there was not adequate progress found. I understand the state is in a budget crisis and our nation is in an economic recession. However, to move us forward in the future from the current social injustice and dilemma, education must be made a priority for all youth.
The McCleary decision allots the money to reduce class sizes, provide for 95 percent of student transportation, fund all-day kindergarten, spend $9,710 per year per student, and increase money towards school needs such as supplies and maintenance.
The McCleary decision aims to bring level footing to the education system and justice for the ones not yet able to fight for themselves. I am hopeful for the resolution of this decision in 2013.