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By Don C. Brunell
Guest Editorial 

Supreme Court decides state voters can't have their way

 


On Sept. 4, the State Supreme Court derailed Washington’s nascent charter school movement when it ruled that charter school Initiative 1240 is unconstitutional.

Approved by voters in 2012, I-1240 allowed up to 40 charter schools at a rate of eight per year. The initiative specified that low-income, at-risk students be given priority and charter schools were required to meet the same rigorous certification, performance, and teacher accreditation standards as traditional schools.

Nevertheless, the state teachers’ union sued to overturn the initiative and in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court agreed.

What happens next? No one knows at this point what will happen to the students enrolled...



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