Washington Schools v. State of WA


08/31/09 – 


3-4 week jury trial in King County Superior Court (Seattle).


"The education funding lawsuit brought by the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools against the State is scheduled to go to trial on Monday, August 31, in King County Superior Court in Seattle. Judge John Erlick will preside over the trial, which is expected to last four to six weeks.

Attorneys for NEWS will argue at trial that the State is failing to live up to its constitutional mandate, which reads: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders...”

“The mandate is strong and it is clear. The State must put public education first, fund it amply and ensure that all students can succeed,” said NEWS President Mike Blair. “For decades, State lawmakers have danced around the problem of inadequate public school funding without solving it. The time for a stable funding system is now."


The court found that the state of Washington had violated its constitutional mandate to make ample provisions for the education of all children.


Recording Disclaimer: This proceeding was recorded in parts only. Available recordings do not represent the full proceeding.

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