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As Parents Across America Washington stated 3 years ago, the initiative and subsequent law is unconstitutional for the reasons stated in December, 2012. The State Supreme Court decision of September 4, 2015 supports our interpretation and position.
Parents Across America of Washington, the local chapters of the national organization dedicated to the preservation of public education, agree with the ruling that charter schools are not Common Schools per the Washington State Constitution on multiple counts.
As the extremely close election demonstrated (50.7 – 49.3%, despite the enormous financial advantage of the “Yes” campaign, which outspent both “No” campaigns by a margin of 17-1), clearly charter schools remain a divisive, controversial and unpopular concept in Washington State. (See:http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/Initiative-Measure-No-1240-Concerns-creation-of-a-public-charter-school-system.html Also: Map of votes for/against I-1240 http://seattletimes.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/politicsnorthwest/files/2012/12/2012Initiative1240Precincts1.pdf)
Parents Across America of Washington finds the charter school law to be an extremely flawed, unconstitutional and undemocratic proposal which circumvents genuine public oversight, and is full of troubling loopholes and opportunities to divert public funding away from our existing schools to private enterprises for proposed outcomes that statistically are no better than existing public schools 83 percent of the time (See: CREDO Report by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes:http://credo.stanford.edu/reports/National_Release.pdf).
Therefore, as parents with children in Washington State public schools who will be affected by this unconstitutional law, and as supporters of public education, we agree with the Supreme Court of the State of Washington’s decision that charter schools are not “common schools” per the state constitution and therefore charter schools cannot receive public funding.
If there is a special session to be called by Governor Inslee, it should be to fund our public schools per the McCleary law. Our state legislators are in contempt of court for not addressing the budgetary requirements set out by in the McCleary law and once again closed the legislative session without producing a solution.
Parents Across America, Washington State (Puget Sound, Tacoma, Spokane and Tri-Cities chapters).
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