Recent Blog Posts

The Seattle Times is wrong about education funding

It’s time we heard the truth about the legislature’s failure to fully fund our public schools. WPD’s Summer Stinson and Robert Cruickshank published this op-ed in Seattle’s The Stranger showing how the Seattle Times gets it wrong on education funding — and pointing the way forward to stop cuts and provide a great, fully funded […]

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 […]

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, unfunded voter mandates, and indifference to student, parent, and teacher concerns. The State still does not fund what our K-12 students actually need.

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.