Category Archives: What’s New

‘The time for this Court to act is now’

As ordered by the Washington State Supreme Court, NEWS filed a brief today showing that the Legislature has failed to comply with the Court’s orders to show “steady, real and measurable progress” in fully and amply funding K-12 public education. NEWS urged, “The time for this Court to act is now.” Read the brief.

NEWS Board member honored for service

Congratulations to Estella Ortega, founder and executive director of El Centro de la Raza and a member of the NEWS Board of Trustees, who will be honored by Seattle CityClub as a civic trailblazer. Estella is the recipient of this year’s Nancy Nordhoff Civic Leadership Award, presented each year to someone from the Pacific Northwest who inspires others to civic action for the common good.

House and Senate budgets fall short

In the hope of cutting through rhetoric, partisan spin and mistaken interpretations of the Supreme Court’s McCleary rulings, NEWS delivered letters to legislators this week reminding them of the State’s own testimony underlying those rulings. We shared a chart with lawmakers that clearly showed that 2015-2017 budgets proposed by both the House and the Senate fail to make the progress ordered by the court.

Read the letter.

View the chart.

Estela Ortega of El Centro de la Raza joins the NEWS Board

We are very happy to announce that Estela Ortega, Executive Director of the civil rights advocacy organization El Centro de la Raza, has joined the NEWS Board of Trustees.

Contempt, progress and more: Read our newsletter

In our January 2015 newsletter, we share updates and info on what the contempt citation against the State might mean. We also offer insights on how the Supreme Court’s order in McCleary focuses clearly on funding, not reform, and how much new money is needed to meet the standard of “steady progress” toward ample funding for K-12 schools. Read the newsletter.