When the McCleary education funding lawsuit was first filed in December 2007, George W. Bush was president and Mike Holmgren was head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
Fast forward to today and we can see the tangible results of the work the state legislature has done investing in our schools:
State funding for K-12 has more than doubled since 2012, increasing from $6.5 billion in 2011 to $13.7 billion planned for 2021.
Increased funding from the state has helped reverse over-reliance on local levies to pay for education.
Spending on K-12 now accounts for over 50 percent of the state budget, which hasn’t happened in Washington since 1983.
Because of the legislature’s work, late last week the State Supreme Court dismissed the McCleary case in a unanimous opinion, finding that the state had fulfilled its obligation to fund schools. The Washington Education Association (WEA –