Washington school district sues state over building funding

CATHLAMET, Wash. (AP) — A decade ago, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in the landmark McCleary case that the state was failing to uphold its state constitutional duty to fund basic education. But that case stopped short of changing the funding system for building construction and improvements. Now, a lawyer in the McCleary case has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a small rural district in southwestern Washington. It argues the state is also violating the constitution by failing to ensure all students learn in safe and modern school buildings. The lawsuit says wealthy districts tend to vote in favor of taxing themselves for capital improvements, while poorer ones may not.