The case of Stephen Kerr Eugster v. Washington Supreme Court and Justices was filed in Thurston County Superior Court on January 31, 2017.
Here is an Abstract of the case:
The school funding case of McCleary v. State, 173 Wash.2d 477, 269 P.3d 227 (2012) (McCleary) began in Superior Court for King County Washington on January 11, 2007. The case proceeded to a bench trial before Judge John P. Erlick. The trial commenced on August 31, 2009, and was concluded on November 25, 2009. Judge Erlick entered Findings Fact and Conclusions Law and decision on or about February 24, 2010.
The State of Washington appealed the decision. Direct Review by the Supreme Court was sought and granted. The case was decided by the Supreme Court on January 5, 2012.
The Supreme Court decision was based on its determination of the meaning of Washington Constitution Art. IX, Section 1, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.”
By the time of the Supreme Court’s decision, the Legislature had adopted Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2261 (2009) which “outlined a bold new system for state funding of basic education, and created the Quality Education Council to develop and implement it.”
In rendering its decision in McCleary, the Court said the “judiciary will retain jurisdiction.” The court opined:
We defer to the legislature’s chosen means of discharging its article IX, section 1 duty, but the judiciary will retain jurisdiction over the case to help ensure progress in the State’s plan to fully implement education reforms by 2018.