Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Washington State’s Supreme Court ruled that charter schools are unconstitutional.
“After nearly a year of deliberation, the state Supreme Court ruled 6-3 late Friday afternoon that charter schools are unconstitutional.
“The ruling overturns the law voters narrowly approved in 2012 allowing publicly funded, but privately operated, schools.
“Eight new charter schools are opening in Washington this fall in addition to one that opened in Seattle last year…
“Chief Justice Barbara Madsen wrote that charter schools aren’t “common schools” because they’re governed by appointed rather than elected boards.
“Therefore “money that is dedicated to common schools is unconstitutionally diverted to charter schools,” Madsen wrote.
“The ruling is a victory for the coalition that filed the suit in July 2013, asking a judge to declare the law unconstitutional for “improperly diverting public-school funds to private organizations that are not subject to local voter control.”
The state held four referenda on…
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