Stand Commends LEV and WEA Efforts on School Funding

July 26, 2011 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

On Monday, July 25, the League of Education Voters and the Washington Education Association announced their involvement – along with a number of state legislative leaders and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Utter – in filing a lawsuit in King County Superior Court on behalf of Washington students, parents, educators and community organizations to challenge the constitutionality of a supermajority requirement to raise revenues through the closure of unjustified tax loopholes or taxation.

These leaders are challenging Initiative 1053 in an effort to remove roadblocks to providing better funding for education programs in Washington state.

Washington Stand for Children commends these community leaders for their outspoken support of students in our state.

As stated in our Guiding Principles for the 2011-13 Biennium Budget, Washington Stand for Children strongly supports the tenant that fully funding basic education is the paramount duty of the state. In addition, we believe the legislature must strategically allocate funding toward programs that provide proven outcomes for students, focus on closing the achievement gap in our state, prioritize turning around low-performing schools and deliver meaningful supports for educators so that all our schools can be excellent schools where students and teachers thrive.

Washington Stand for Children will be closely following the lawsuit and keeping our supporters and leaders up to date as it progresses. In addition, Stand will develop an amicus brief to file with the courts in support of efforts to provide improved funding allocation for education programs for ALL our students here in Washington state.

To learn more about our efforts on behalf of students in Washington, please visit our website or check us out on Facebook.

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