Group of students, smiling with their teacher

About school funding

Despite the most strongly worded constitutional mandate in the nation to put public education above all other issues, Washington State is falling far short of providing the necessary dollars to prepare children to live and work in the 21st century.

Washington ranks 43rd in the nation in K-12 state education spending, according to an annual Education Week study, which gave the state a dismal D-plus grade in school finance – this despite a directive in the State Constitution that declares, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders…”

The successful McCleary lawsuit is changing this dismal record.