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Washington State Supreme Court rebuffs Wahkiakum School District’s school construction funding constitutional challenge

The high­est court in the Ever­green State has unan­i­mous­ly ruled against a rur­al Wash­ing­ton school dis­trict that brought a con­sti­tu­tion­al chal­lenge over the state’s long­time K‑12 facil­i­ties fund­ing regime, find­ing that the state’s para­mount duty does not extend to school cap­i­tal con­struc­tion costs.

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Voters say Legislature has a responsibility to act to prevent school closures, staff layoffs

55% of 874 vot­ers inter­viewed from March 7th-8th, 2023 said they agreed that Wash­ing­ton’s pub­lic schools are under­fund­ed and we need to raise state rev­enue to ful­ly fund them, while 35% dis­agreed and 10% were not sure. 59% of those sur­veyed sub­se­quent­ly said they agreed that the Leg­is­la­ture has an oblig­a­tion to respond to the fis­cal crises dis­tricts are fac­ing by sub­stan­tial­ly increas­ing school funding. 

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Gem State win: School privatization schemes fail in Idaho’s Republican-run Legislature

A right wing effort to autho­rize the diver­sion of pub­lic tax dol­lars into pri­vate­ly run schools has col­lapsed in the Repub­li­can-dom­i­nat­ed Ida­ho State Leg­is­la­ture, in a sig­nif­i­cant vic­to­ry for pub­lic edu­ca­tion and pro­gres­sive orga­ni­za­tions work­ing to pro­tect and strength­en the com­mons of the Gem State.

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A plurality of special election voters in Seattle disapprove of how their schools are being run

41% of six hun­dred and fifty-one Feb­ru­ary 2023 spe­cial elec­tion vot­ers inter­viewed by Change Research for NPI last month said they some­what or strong­ly dis­ap­proved of the way the Seat­tle Pub­lic Schools are cur­rent­ly being run. 28% said they some­what or strong­ly approved, and 31% were not sure. 

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Most Washington voters think upgrading our seismically vulnerable school buildings is a state responsibility, NPI poll finds

The find­ing, unveiled by NPI at a pub­lic hear­ing in the Sen­ate Ways & Means Com­mit­tee, affirms that vot­ers see the Leg­is­la­ture as prin­ci­pal­ly respon­si­ble for uphold­ing the state’s para­mount duty to “make ample pro­vi­sion” for the edu­ca­tion of all of the state’s chil­dren, as the Framers of the Con­sti­tu­tion intend­ed when they wrote Wash­ing­ton’s plan of government.