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Law Professor, Education Attorney to Discuss McCleary Case Nov. 3

(from left) Attorney Tanya Barton and Professor Lynn Daggett will present.

(from left) Attorney Tanya Barton and Professor Lynn Daggett will present.

SPOKANE, Washington – Gonzaga University School of Law Professor Lynn Daggett and education attorney Tanya Barton will present “McCleary: A Case Study of Washington’s Educational Funding Responsibilities” at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3 in the Gonzaga Law School’s Barbieri Courtroom. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Gonzaga’s schools of Law and Education.

Last month, the Washington State Supreme Court held the Washington State Legislature in contempt for failing to fund education as the high court had previously ordered. The Washington Constitution indicates education is the state’s “paramount duty”; therefore the state must fund all basic educational expenses.

Daggett and Barton will address the history and current status of the McCleary decision, as well as what may happen next.

Daggett, a specialist in education law, earned a Ph.D. in education and worked as an educator prior to law school. She has represented public school districts in matters including constitutional issues, student rights, personnel issues, labor negotiations, special education, and tort and civil rights liability.

“Our public schools and how we fund them are important to all students, parents, educators and taxpayers,” said Daggett.

Barton is an associate in the Spokane law firm of Stevens and Clay, where she practices education law and advises public school districts on a wide range of legal issues. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing education from Eastern Washington University, and graduated first in her class from Gonzaga Law School.

“Certainly, McCleary substantially impacts educational funding on a level unprecedented in this State’s history,” Barton said. “But its real controversy turns on the unchartered territory the Washington State Supreme Court entered by recently holding the state in contempt for failing to implement concrete timelines to fully fund education reforms.”

Please RSVP to the event by emailing soedean@gonzaga.edu. For more information, please contact Andrea Parrish at (509) 313-3771 or via email at aparrish@lawschool.gonzaga.edu.

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