McCleary v. State

Education Funding
10:26 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Finds State In Contempt In McCleary Case

Members of the McCleary family won a school funding lawsuit against the State of Washington. They spoke to reporters outside the Washington Supreme Court following a contempt hearing Sept. 3, 2014.
Austin Jenkins

In an unprecedented move, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled the state in contempt of court in the McCleary school funding case. However, the justices will wait to impose sanctions until after the 2015 legislative session to give the legislature time to "purge the contempt."

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Education Funding
4:35 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Inslee Scolds Legislature On School Funding But Cautions Court On Sanctions

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee talks to reporters about how the state needs to address education funding, on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Olympia, Washington.
Rachel La Corte AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee says the Legislature has not “acted appropriately” in the face of the McCleary decision on school funding. But he cautioned the state Supreme Court Thursday not to impose sanctions that would penalize other areas of state government.

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Education Funding
4:51 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Washington Justices Weigh Contempt, Sanctions Following McCleary Hearing

Following a contempt hearing, members of the McCleary family, who sued the state of Washington over school funding, answer questions from the media on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court.
Austin Jenkins

The Washington Supreme Court has heard the arguments, and it must now decide whether to hold the state in contempt for failing to submit a complete plan to fully fund schools.

The nine justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a historic hearing that could result in sanctions against the state Legislature.

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Education Funding
5:41 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

3 Petitions Propose McCleary Solutions, From New Revenue To Ban On Spending

Experts testify before a legislative committee tasked with corresponding with the Washington State Supreme Court about its compliance with the McCleary ruling.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

The Washington state Supreme Court on Monday received three separate petitions, each urging the court to clamp down and force lawmakers to fund public education in the upcoming legislative session.

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Balance of Power
9:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers

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Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Washington Supreme Court could hold state lawmakers in contempt over school funding. But is the high court overstepping its bounds? A Republican-led legislative panel held a hearing Monday on separation of powers.

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Education Funding
9:39 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Orders ‘State’ To Contempt Hearing In McCleary Case

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Ted S. Warren AP Photo

A frustrated Washington Supreme Court appears ready to hold state officials in contempt.

The high court late Thursday ordered the “state” to appear at a hearing in September to address the lack of a plan to fully fund basic education.

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Youth & Education
6:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

McCleary Attorney: Wash. Lawmakers' School Funding Report 'A Bunch of Malarky'

Attorney Thomas Ahearne argues in front of the Washington State Supreme Court in a 2004 file photo.
Ted S. Warren AP File Photo

A lawyer who argued a landmark education funding case before the Washington Supreme Court says state lawmakers are still dragging their feet in meeting the mandate justices set out: develop, by this week, a "complete plan" to pump billions of new dollars into the state's public schools.

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Education Funding
5:37 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Wash. Superintendent's Estimate For Ed Funding Nearly Twice That Of Lawmakers'

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn speaks at a panel discussion in 2013.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Washington's top elected school official is urging state lawmakers to think bigger as they craft a court-ordered plan to increase education funding for the state's K-12 schools.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn this week unveiled a plan to increase education funding by $6.7 billion by the 2017-2018 school year. That's nearly twice as much as the amount state legislative analysts estimate is needed to comply with the landmark McCleary decision. In the 2012 case, the state Supreme Court ordered lawmakers to fully fund K-12 schools by 2018. 

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K-12 Education
8:50 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court

With lawmakers having slashed nearly $4 billion in funding from school districts in the past few years, arguments are heating up over whether the state is fulfilling its constitutional duty to students.
Associated Press

The state constitution says it’s Washington’s “paramount duty to make ample provisions for the education of all children,” but is it failing to do that? This afternoon, the state Supreme Court will consider arguments on both sides.

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