Catch up on McCleary. Washington state legislators have been called upon to uphold the State Constitution and amply fund public education. Their deadline to do so passed this summer and they passed a budget after facing the threat of a government shutdown. But it’s not over yet. Here’s what you need to know:
In 2007, a group of families, schools districts, teachers unions, and others sued the state of Washington because of their failure to fully fund public education. “The plaintiffs argued that the state wasn’t giving schools enough money, which forced local school districts to raise the rest through local property-tax levies... They also argued that the needs of schools and students had changed over time but state funding hadn’t kept up.” In 2012, the state Supreme Court ruled in their favor. You can read more on the McCleary case and what it means to fully fund education here.
In 2015, the state Supreme Court imposed sanctions of $100,000 per day for the legislature’s “lack of progress toward fully paying the cost of basic education”.
In July 2017, facing both the deadline imposed by the Supreme Court and a possible government shutdown, the state legislature passed a hastily drafted budget.
Keep in mind: Carter McCleary was 8-years-old when his parents filed suit against the state of Washington because of its failure to fully fund education. He graduated high school this past spring, without the state ever fully funding public schools.
Contact your state legislators. Hold them accountable for fully funding education.
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