New coalition backing charter schools asks legislature to intervene, ‘fix’ Supreme Court ruling

Joel Connelly, writing for SeattlePI.com

The state Supreme Court, in a decision just before Labor Day, ruled that charter schools don’t qualify as “common schools” and can’t receive public funding. The key issue, the court said, is that charter schools are controlled by their own boards and not by elected school boards.

The Supreme Court has been asked to reconsider — four former state attorneys general have signed onto a brief — but the newly created Act Now for Washington Students isn’t waiting. It has set out to mobilize public support with a campaign of mail and TV advertising urging the legislature to fix what it calls a “legal glitch.”

“Had I been governor, within days of the (Supreme Court) ruling, I would have submitted legislation clarifying the funding source and keeping these kids in school,” Bryant said Tuesday. “I’ve toured five of the nine publicly chartered schools and will tour all nine before the legislature reconvenes.

“It is impossible to talk with the kids who are excited about what they’re learning, with the parents who are thrilled their kid likes school for the first time, with the teachers and principals who are willing to earn less so they have more flexibility to help kids learn, without being moved. These publicly chartered schools are incubators for learning innovation.”

Read the full article here.

Mike Foster