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Results of the 2018 WPD candidate questionnaire

Although Washington’s Paramount Duty is not endorsing candidates for office this year, several parent volunteers helped put together a short questionnaire we sent to all candidates for the state legislature. After several rounds of emails, calls, and text messages, sixty-nine campaigns responded. These questionnaire results are public, and we’re sharing them with you now to […]

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WPD Calls For Governor to Veto Corporate Tax Breaks

ACTION NEEDED! Please CALL GOV. INSLEE: 360-902-4111 on Thursday, July 6! Parents are asking Gov. Inslee to veto a huge new tax cut for businesses that was created in the budget deal. Here’s the story: Even as legislators failed to fully fund public schools, they added a section to the funding bill (SSB 5977) that […]

People are talking

We sat down with Washington State parents, students and teachers to discuss their experiences with our state’s huge basic education funding gap. Here’s what they had to say. View more videos

The State Has Failed Our Kids

For 40 years, Washington’s public school funding has been undermined by state government cutbacks, band-aid solutions, budget tricks, and unfunded voter mandates. Today, school districts statewide must make up the gap with local levies and by asking parents and teachers to reach into their own pockets.

The Court Told Them to Fix It

In 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the McCleary case that state government had failed its paramount constitutional duty to fully fund basic education for our children. They ordered the State to come up with a plan to fix it and then fully fund basic education by the 2017-2018 school year.

No more foot-dragging

Now the Legislature is dragging its feet while our children continue to suffer the consequences. We are Washington’ Paramount Duty — a broad-based network of parents, by parents, and for students — working to compel the State to fully fund our children’s basic education now.