The coalition of school districts, teachers unions and education activists that won the landmark school funding case last year want lawmakers to take quick and generous action this session.
Called the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS), the group filed the litigation that became known as McCleary v. Washington. It was decided last January by a unanimous state Supreme Court that ruled the state was violating its constitutional duty to amply fund public schools. Seven of the nine justices then decided to retain jurisdiction to supervised how the Legislature and governor make annual progress toward a full-funding deadline of 2018.
The letter, signed by NEWS president Nick Brossoit, also the superintendent of the Edmonds School District, reminded lawmakers that the court’s first review of legislative action since the ruling was released was scolding.
“In December, the Court chastised the 2012 Legislature’s failure to make that Court-ordered progress, noting that “the overall level of funding remains below the levels that have been declared constitutionally inadequate.”
Here is the letter that was sent to all members of the Legislature this week: Read more »