McCleary v. Washington

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Mathew and Stephanie McCleary et al., v. State of Washington (short form: McCleary v. Washington), commonly known as the McCleary Decision,[1] was a lawsuit against the State of Washington alleging that the state, in the body of the state legislature, had failed to meet the state constitutional duty (in Article IX, Section 1) "to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders."[2] The Washington Supreme Court affirmed 7-0,[3] with some justices dissenting in part on the question of continued judicial oversight.[4] Since the Supreme Court's finding, the Court has continued to take part in assessing the state's compliance with its order. As of 2016, the court has found the state to not be in compliance.[5] The court has fined the state of Washington $100,000 per day since August 2015 as penalty for continued non-compliance.[6]


  1. ^ O'Sullivan, Joseph (2017-01-27). "McCleary fix? Senate GOP wants to change teacher pay, how schools are funded". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  2. ^ "Education - Preamble.", Washington State Constitution, art. IX, sec. 1, 1889-08-23, retrieved 2017-05-06
  3. ^ McCleary v. Washington, 84362-7 (majority) (Washington Supreme Court 2012-01-05).
  4. ^ McCleary v. Washington, 84362-7 (concurrence/dissent) (Washington Supreme Court 2012-01-05).
  5. ^ Santos, Melissa (2016-10-06). "High court orders $100,000-per-day fine to continue in McCleary school-funding case". Tacoma News Tribune. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
  6. ^ Santos, Melissa; Schrader, Jordan (2015-08-13). "Court fines state government $100,000 per day for failure to fund education". Tacoma News Tribune. Retrieved 2017-05-06.