The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) is the McCleary Coalition. We are 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.
$100K/day fines issued against State
In a unanimous order issued August 13, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court issued contempt of court sanctions against the State for failing to comply with the Court’s orders in the McCleary
case. Read the court order
. “Effective immediately, the State of Washington is assessed a remedial penalty of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per day until it adopts a complete plan for complying with article IX, section 1 by the 2018 school year. The penalty shall be payable daily to be held in a segregated account for the benefit of basic education." The Court also urged the Legislature to meet in special session to develop the plan for amply funding K-12 education by the 2017-2018 school year. Gov. Jay Inslee quickly called a meeting of legislative leaders to plan for a special session.