McCleary Case Over, State Supreme Court Lifts Sanctions

The long-running McCleary court case over the adequacy of education funding in Washington state has ended, with the state Supreme Court on Thursday lifting its jurisdiction over the case and dropping daily sanctions.

The court’s unanimous order came in response to lawmakers passing a supplemental budget earlier this year that the justices said was the final step needed to reach compliance with a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that found that K-12 school funding was inadequate.


Thomas Ahearne, attorney for the McCleary family, says the legislature has complied with the court ruling.

Washington’s Constitution states that it is the Legislature’s “paramount duty” to fully fund the education system.