NEWS court briefs and responses to State reports and filings

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September 8, 2017

NEWS responded to amicus briefs filed with the Washington State Supreme Court. Read the response.

August 30, 2017

NEWS filed a response to filings by the State with the Washington State Supreme Court, asserting that the State has failed to meet the mandates of McCleary. “If an amply
funded K-12 education really is a true, positive constitutional right of each and every child residing in our State, it is this Court’s duty to finally bring the State’s many years of procrastination, obfuscation, and delay to an end…” Read the brief.

August 29, 2016

Following the Supreme Court’s issuance of an order in the case, NEWS responded to the State’s response to the order.

June 7, 2016

NEWS filed a response with the Washington State Supreme Court to the State’s contention that the Legislature’s “progress” in the 2016 session is 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 said. Read the brief.

July 27, 2015

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.

August 14, 2014

NEWS filed a response today with the Washington State Supreme Court to the State’s position that it should not be held in contempt for failing to obey the Court’s orders in McCleary. Read the brief.

May 21, 2014

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. Read the brief.

September 30, 2013

The Legislature is failing to remedy Washington State’s unconstitutional violation of public school children’s right to an amply funded K-12 education and at the current rate of “progress” won’t meet a court-imposed 2018 deadline for full funding until 2028, the coalition that filed the successful McCleary school funding lawsuit said in a legal brief filed on Sept. 30, 2013. Read the brief.

October 17, 2012

The State’s first mandated report to the Washington State Supreme Court “demonstrated that the Legislature continued to talk about funding ESHB 2261, but also continued to not provide that funding,” NEWS  told the Court, adding “Continuing well known underfunding is not ‘steady progress’.” NEWS encourages school districts, education associations, civic organizations and education groups to share the summary of our response to the State’s filing with your boards, members, PTAs, staffs and other constituents – as well as with legislators and candidates for state office. Read the full NEWS response.