The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) is a statewide coalition of 430 community groups, 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 that the State of Washington is violating its constitutional “paramount duty” to amply fund the education of all K-12 students. Today, we stand together to ensure that the court’s landmark ruling in the McCleary v. State case is enforced.

Supreme Court issues contempt citation against Legislature

Supreme Court issues contempt citation against Legislature

Supreme Court issues contempt citation against Legislature

In a unanimous ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court today found the Legislature in contempt for failing to heed numerous Court orders compelling lawmakers to show steady, real and measurable progress in fully funding K-12 education and to develop a plan to amply fund public schools by 2018. The Court accepted the State's promise that the Legislature would comply in the upcoming 2015 session and, therefore, delayed issuing sanctions until after the session ends. Read the Court's order. Also, read about the Sept. 3 contempt hearing or watch the hearing on TVW. (Photo at right: NEWS lead attorney Tom Ahearne in front of Carter, Stephanie and Kelsey McCleary at the Sept. 3 hearing.)