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Thanks for the editorial on the McCleary litigation with its helpful reminder that nothing is ever fully finished in the political world.

The McCleary plaintiffs, whose courage and tenacity are impressive, haven’t yet gotten a full answer to their complaint about what is constitutionally “ample” across the board in our system of public education. But they have unmistakably gotten the attention of the important players — inside and outside government — and that has resulted in truly significant progress, along with expanding a bit our sense of what is politically possible.

It is time to climb out of the trenches, take a refreshing and congratulatory swig, then get back to work.

William R. Andersen, Seattle, Judson Falknor Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Washington Law School