Grandview joins lawsuit aimed at fully funding schools

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School Board approved a resolution at Monday evening's meeting to join the growing coalition of school districts and related organizations that recently sued the state of Washington claiming legislators were not providing ample and adequate funding for basic educational needs.

The organization is known as the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools and is now made up of more than 200 organizations, including school districts and statewide and community groups.

The Network's case was heard in King County Superior Court in Seattle, from Aug. 31 to Oct. 21 in 2009. Presiding Judge John Erlick ruled in favor of the Network and declared "the state must...comply with the Constitutional mandate to provide stable and dependable funding for such costs of basic education."

The state of Washington has since appealed Judge Erlick's decision and the case is currently headed to Washington State Supreme Court later this year.

The Network began with 25 schools but support has grown to include more than100 school districts including those in Sunnyside, Yakima and Prosser. Other organizations that have joined with the Network include the Association of Washington School Principals, the Washington State PTA and Washington Association of School Administrators.

And now Grandview School District has added its name to the fight in a decision that Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase said "could be a landmark decision and completely change the way the state funds basic education."


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