The Silent Majority Foundation's Director and General Counsel Pete Serrano filed CASE NO.: 22 250055 11, Benton v. Reykdal et.al in the Superior Court of the State of Washington and for Benton and Franklin Counties challenging Defendant CHRIS REYKDAL, in his official capacity as SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, STATE OF WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION. The case challenges the constitutionality, legality, and punitive motives behind Emergency Rule, WSR 22-02-044 issued December 30, 2021.
WSR 22-02-044 withholds the "opportunity to achieve personal and academic success" from Washington students in direct violation of Article IX of the Washington Constitution, the Basic Education Act, and the Separation of Powers Doctrine by conditioning receipt of legislatively allocated funds on compliance with Governor Jay Inslee's COVID-19 Proclamations, 20-09 and 21-14.
WSR 22-02-044 violates constitutional provisions and exceeds the Superintendent's authority. This Petition asks this Court to declare WSR 22-02-044 null and void as unconstitutional and enjoin OSPI from further implementation of the Rule.
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