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Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS)


NEWS' 392 members now include more than 185 school districts, representing 47 percent of Washington's public school students. If your school district or community organization is not yet part of the coalition, learn about NEWS membership now!

Read about the Feb. 4, 2010, court ruling declaring the State's funding of K-12 education unconstitutional.

How can you get your district on board? Take a look at the links below and customize the documents to fit:

NEWS is a coalition of nearly 400 community organizations, school districts and education associations representing thousands of voters, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens who believe the kids of our state deserve a first-class K-12 education. Plagued with a long-outdated state funding system that fails to fully fund even the basic elements of a high-quality 21st century education, NEWS filed a lawsuit asking the courts to order the State of Washington to live up to its paramount constitutional duty to make ample provision for the education of all Washington children.

The seven-week trial in the NEWS court case concluded on Oct. 21, 2009, in King County Superior Court. On Feb. 4, 2010, Judge John Erlick ruled the State in violation of its constitutionally mandated “paramount duty” to amply provide for the education of all children. The court ordered the State to determine the actual costs of providing all children with the knowledge and skills set forth in the State’s high academic standards and to fully fund that actual cost with stable and dependable state sources. The State of Washington appealed the ruling, and a hearing on that appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court was heard June 28, 2011.

On January 5, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Judge Erlick's decision, confirming that Washington State is not amply funding basic education. In addition, the Supreme Court will retain jurisdiction to ensure the state meets its constitutional duty to amply fund public schools. Washington State plans to have amply funded basic education no later than 2018.





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