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Washington Education Association news release, 6/7/18

Contact: Rich Wood, 253-376-1007

Statement from WEA President Kim Mead regarding Washington Supreme Court’s disposition of the McCleary court case.

 “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 too 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 Washington Education Association is the state's largest union for educators, representing K-12 teachers, support staff, college faculty, retired educators and aspiring educators.