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Driver is quality.Last week, a judge in Washington State held that, with two exceptions, the state’s new charter school law did not violate the state constitution. The case will no doubt continue on appeal but for now the decision means that charters can move forward in the Evergreen State. Nineteen applications have been received by the Charter School Commission and the selection process has begun. NACSA has consulted with the Commission on its process. “We are looking at the merits of the applications,” said Commission Director Joshua Halsey. “The driver is quality. This commission is dedicated to authorizing charter schools that can impact student achievement for the most vulnerable, most at-risk students.” Robin Lake, Director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) at the University of Washington weighed in on the court’s decision here.


One Response to “Charters Survive First Court Challenge in Washington State”

  1. Jack Archer says:

    “Nineteen applications have been received by the Charter School Commission . . . ”

    And three by Spokane Public Schools, approved by the State Board of Education in September as an authorizer of charter schools.

    The court did rule one provision of Washington’s charter school law unconstitutional, but it is generally considered not a significant hindrance to the operation of the law.

    Plaintiffs have to January 6 to file an appeal of the Superior Court decision to the state Supreme Court.