The Washington State Supreme Court has ruled the McCleary case is over. In it's ruling, the Court contempt motion against the Legislature, lifted the daily fine and ended its jurisdiction over the case.
WEA President Kim Mead issued this statement in response to the Court's actions.
“This is a tremendous day for the 1.1 million students of Washington state, and we mark this milestone as a victory for them and public education. I am proud of the efforts of WEA members who fought so hard over the past 15 years to see that our state’s leaders met their paramount duty to amply fund basic education. We appreciate the gains for students we’ve made because of the McCleary case.
“We also recognize there is more to do. Class sizes are still overcrowded, and we need to do more to ensure all students get the personal attention and support they need to be successful. We are 43rd in the nation in class size. The state continues to fund too few counselors, nurses, school psychologists, mental health professionals, paraeducators, and other staff to meet the needs of all students. And the underfunding of special education by both the state and federal government is unconstitutional.
“For now, we thank the legislature and the court for completing this important and historic chapter in school funding.”
The action comes on the heels of the Legislature's appropriation of an additional $1 billion for educator salaries beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Local associations across the state are currently in negotiations with their school districts to ensure those funds are used for competitive salaries that will attract and keep great educators on the job.