The Lakewood School District is a member of the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools. NEWS is a coalition of more than 200 community organizations, school districts, and education associations representing thousands of voters, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens who believe the kids of our state deserve a first class K-12 education. Faced with an outdated state funding system that fails to fully fund even the basic elements of a high quality 21st century education, NEWS filed a lawsuit asking the courts to order the State of Washington to live up to its paramount constitutional duty to make ample provision for the education of all Washington children.

The seven-week trial in the NEWS court case concluded on October 21, 2009, in King County Superior Court. On February 4, 2010, Judge John Erlick ruled the State in violation of its constitutionally mandated "paramount duty" to amply provide for the education of all children. The court ordered the State to determine the actual costs of providing all children with the knowledge and skills set forth in the State’s high academic standards and to fully fund that actual cost with stable and dependable State sources. The State of Washington appealed the ruling, and a hearing on that appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court is expected in early winter 2011. To join the NEWS email list, go to

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Last Modified on January 26, 2011