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Supreme Court unanimous: State must appear Sept. 3 to address potential contempt citation

The Washington Supreme Court issued an order on June 12, ordering the State to appear before the Court at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, “to address why the State should not be held in contempt” for violating McCleary case rulings. Read the Supreme Court order.


NEWS urges contempt of court against Legislature

In response to a court-mandated legislative “progress” report from the State to the Washington Supreme Court, the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools today asked the high court to hold the Legislature in contempt. (more…)

A detailed update on McCleary

Tom Ahearne, lead attorney for NEWS in the McCleary case, spoke to a packed house in Olympia in January 2014 for the annual WASA, WSSDA and WASBO legislative conference. View his PowerPoint slides for an update on the case to date and to learn what the Legislature must do to show real, steady and measurable progress toward meeting the McCleary mandate ordered by the Washington State Supreme Court.

Supreme Court: Speed up McCleary funding


The Washington State Supreme Court has turned up the heat on legislators to provide local school districts the billions of dollars of additional K-12 funding that the State’s own studies have confirmed are needed to cure decades of unconstitutional underfunding – including fully funding salary increases, materials and operations, transportation and both the staffing and construction costs for full-day kindergarten and K-3 class size reductions. (more…)

Legislators’ funding survey: What part of a Supreme Court order do they not understand?


Earlier this week, many educators across the state received an invitation from two lawmakers to participate in a survey regarding K-12 funding. NEWS’s concern is that this comes from state lawmakers who are already under a Washington State Supreme Court order to fully fund K-12 public education.

We appreciate WASA’s message – provided below – that reflects these concerns. Of course, your participation in this survey is your choice. However, if you do choose to participate, please consider this message when you respond. (more…)