The Washington State Supreme Court announced that it will not reconsider its ruling declaring the voter-approved charter school law as unconstitutional. The court’s refusal to reconsider comes despite the urging of the Washington State Charter Schools Association, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a bipartisan group of 10 legislators and four former state attorneys general to correct its harmful decision.
The last option to ensure charter schools have a future in our state is a change in state law. That possibility will have to wait for the 2016 legislative session.
Governor Jay Inslee has refused to call a special session to correct the mistake, which should come as no surprise. Inslee did not support the 2012 charter school initiative—he was and remains indebted to the Washington Education Association (WEA), a union that put $1 million into electing him in 2012.
While the court deliberated reconsidering its decision, charter schools have been receiving public funds. That will now stop. It’s unclear how funding of charters schools will take place in the future. In September, the Washington State Charter Schools Association confirmed that all nine of our state’s charter schools would remain open for the entire school year.
Daniel Carson says
You Democraps had enough yet….you voted this schmuch into office..
The last option to ensure charter schools have a future in our state is a change in state law.
Actually, to reverse our Supreme Court’s decision, our legislature would have to write a constitutional amendment, which we voters would then have to pass.
However, we can have charter schools with one simple bill, to establish a separate and dedicated funding stream for charter schools — one which would not un-constitutionally divert resources from our common schools. So, which tax increases would you support, which road-building projects would you reduce, to fund charter schools? Discuss.