The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) – the McCleary Coalition – is a statewide organization made up of 440 community groups, civil rights organizations, school districts and education associations fighting for full and ample funding of K-12 education. Our members represent students, parents, teachers, administrators and other citizens who are united in advocacy for public school funding.
In 2012, NEWS won an historic victory when the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the trailblazing lawsuit known as the McCleary case that the State of Washington was violating its constitutional “paramount duty” to amply fund the education of all K-12 students. By 2018, the State had finally provided billions of dollars of new funding for K-12 public schools, and on June 7, 2018, the Supreme Court relinquished its jurisdiction over the case.
Today, we stand together to ensure that the court’s landmark ruling in the McCleary v. State case is enforced.