New Revenue Needed to Deliver Better Education to All Students
Today, lawyers for the state will go before justices of the Washington Supreme Court in the latest showdown in the McCleary case on education funding. The Court has ordered state lawmakers to defend their lack of progress on meeting the requirements of the ruling, which calls for billions in new funding for K-12 schools by 2018. They face contempt charges and other possible sanctions.
In August, we filed an amicus brief with the State Supreme Court, making the case that new revenue was needed to adequately fund our schools and invest in a host of other services that kids need to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Ahead of the hearing this afternoon, our executive director Remy Trupin released the following statement:
The arguments in today's hearing and the ruling to follow will set the tone in the debate over education funding and the state budget during the 2015 legislative session.
We'll continue to track the developments in the McCleary case going forward, as it will determine much about the well-being of our children, communities, and economy in the years to come.