By Diana Zimmerman
Wahkiakum County Eagle 

School district suit makes its debut in court


Last updated 4/7/2022 at 11:21am

Diana Zimmerman, Wahkiakum County Eagle

A crowd showed up to the Wahkiakum County Courthouse on Monday to show support for the Wahkiakum School District, in a first trial hearing of the lawsuit against the State of Washington to amply fund facilities.

Wahkiakum School District's lawsuit against the State of Washington was heard for the first time on Monday, in Cathlamet before Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Donald Richter, following a motion to dismiss the case.

The district claims that the state is failing to meet the standard set by Article 9 Section 1 of Washington State's constitution, which says "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," when it does not amply fund capital costs that would allow the district to upgrade aging facilities in order to keep students safe and ensure they can compete with their peers in a changing, modern world.

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