Pasco schools helping fight state in lawsuit

The Pasco School Board has voted to send $5,000 to a nonprofit that sued the state for not spending enough money on education.

Network for Excellence in Washington Schools, which represents some 100 Washington organizations, including school districts, parent-teacher associations and teachers unions, filed the suit in 2007.

It alleges that the government neglected its constitutional mandate to fully pay for the education of all students in the state.

A Superior Court judge sided with the nonprofit in February, but the state appealed. The district's money will go toward fighting that appeal, said Sarah Thornton, the district's executive director of legal affairs.

The Richland and Kennewick districts contributed similar amounts.

The Pasco School District is a long-standing member of the network, Thornton said.