Three Washington State Supreme Court Justices, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Justice Mary Yu, and Justice Charlie Wiggins, have ruled to uphold every child’s constitutional right to an amply funded equitable public education. In McCleary, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the State is failing to meet their constitutional paramount duty to amply fund education. A public education is a civil right, and the Washington State Constitution clearly states, “it is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders.” Three challenger candidates disagree with the McCleary decision and are actively working to replace the incumbent Justices in November’s election.
The Supreme Court should not be made the villain for upholding our state constitution.
As parents and public school supporters, who envision a future where every child has an equitable access to an amply funded basic education, Washington’s Paramount Duty has endorsed all three sitting Supreme Court Justices – Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Justice Mary Yu and Justice Charlie Wiggins.
We encourage every parent to be informed as you fill in your ballot this November, so please take a moment to learn more about the Justices WPD endorses here: