SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington Education Association honored the state Supreme Court at the union's annual meeting this weekend in Bellevue.

The teachers union gave its first Best Educator Outside of the Classroom Award to the Supreme Court for its role in supporting public education through its 2012 decision on the McCleary school funding lawsuit.

Outgoing WEA President Mary Lindquist says the McCleary decision is a lesson to every student in the state that the constitution matters.

Also this weekend, the WEA elected its new president and vice president. Everett teacher Kim Mead will lead the 82,000-member union. Bellevue teacher Stephen Miller has been elected vice president. They take office in July and will serve two-year terms.

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