Tallahassee, Fla. – On September 4, the Washington Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that charter schools are unconstitutional.
Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (@ExcelinEd) issued the following statement.
“With an overreaching decision that could not have been more poorly timed, the Washington Supreme Court dismissed the will of voters and disrupted the families of 1,200 students.
“I hope the judges are reading the quotes of distraught parents, whose children have been thriving in these new schools. Now they are seeing this opportunity yanked out from under them and their children’s school year thrown into chaos just as it gets underway.
“We urge the court to reconsider. If not, we agree with those requesting Governor Jay Inslee call the legislature into special session to find a way to keep these kids in their classrooms and protect this program. Washington families and voters deserve no less.”
Washingtonians can help by asking Governor Inslee to support Washington’s charter school students through the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ website.
Read an editorial by the Seattle Times, asking the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider.
The Seattle Times
September 8, 2015
Seattle Times editorial board: Court must reconsider charter-schools ruling
The state Supreme Court should heed requests to reconsider its ruling that Washington’s fledgling charter schools violate the state constitution.
The timing of the ruling – about 11 months after hearing arguments and after charter school classes commenced – was perplexing, but its repercussions are serious. More than 1,200 students are enrolled in the state’s nine charter schools, eight of which are starting their first year. In 2012, voters approved Initiative 1240 to authorize publicly funded charter schools that give higher priority to serving at-risk kids. Charters have greater flexibility to respond to students’ needs, something the traditional system does not provide or encourage enough of.