After 32 years in public education and the last 12 years as superintendent in the Edmonds School District, I retired today. Because I believe that an active superintendent must lead the Board of Trustees of NEWS – and the Board agreed – Mike Dunn, Superintendent of ESD 101 in the Spokane area, has been elected unanimously by the Board to be our new NEWS President, pending formal approval by the general membership in October. I will remain on the Board as past president.
I have been involved in the McCleary case since its inception in 2007, joined the Board in 2011 and became Board President in 2012. It has been an honor to represent this cause. As Mike moves forward in this role, he will be able to represent the day-to-day realities of K-12 underfunding in interactions with lawmakers and NEWS members. He will also be well positioned to lead the Board in providing direction and advice to the legal team as we communicate with the Washington State Supreme Court in this ongoing legal matter. Mike is highly regarded as an effective educational leader and will do an outstanding job carrying this forward.
Please join us in welcoming Mike as our NEWS President and please encourage your district or organization to stay the course in supporting funding for NEWS so we can continue to hold the State accountable for school funding. We won the McCleary case, but an ultimate victory is not yet ours. Ample K-12 funding is within our reach, but we need you to see this through to completion.
Thank you for your support of this work.
Nick J. Brossoit, Ed.D.
NEWS filed its Supreme Court brief this week responding to the State’s contention that the legislature’s “progress” in the 2016 session was sufficient to meet the Court’s orders in the McCleary case. “Despite the 2014 Contempt Order and 2015 Sanctions Order in this case, the State is still not complying with this Court’s rulings,” NEWS wrote.
As Court-ordered fines against the State continue to mount — more than $29 million when NEWS filed its brief, with $100,000 plus interest being added every day — NEWS urged the Court to “finally put an end to State government’s longstanding pattern of violation and delay by firmly enforcing the paramount constitutional right of every child in our State to an amply funded K-12 education.” Continue reading
Many thanks to school districts and organizations all over Washington for taking a strong stand for their students and every K-12 student in our state! These districts have adopted a resolution urging the Legislature to take action now to comply with the State Supreme Court and fully fund an ample education for all students.
Educational Service District 105
Northeast Educational Service District 101
Northwest Educational Service District 189
Washington State PTA
While we are all gratified that the Washington State Supreme Court continues to hold the Legislature’s feet to the fire under the McCleary ruling, we know that politics can often stand in the way – even when lawmakers want to do the right thing. School districts, parents and other community members must continue to educate policymakers about the mandates of McCleary and urge the State to take speedy and decisive action to give all our children the amply funded education they deserve. To that end, we encourage school boards, nonprofit organizations and grassroots community groups to consider a resolution so we may have a strong and united voice to help compel the State to do what the Court has ordered. (We are also providing back-up info for the statements made in the resolution.)
The State claims it is making progress toward complying with McCleary. The Washington Supreme Court disagrees. So do we. Read our latest newsletter and review a chart that shows what progress should really look like.