Home | About | Donate

In 'Win for Public Schools,' Wash. Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Unconstitutional


In 'Win for Public Schools,' Wash. Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Unconstitutional

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Public education advocates are welcoming the Washington State Supreme Court's ruling late Friday that the state's charter school law is unconstitutional.

The Seattle Times reports that

The ruling — believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country — overturns the law [I-1240] voters narrowly approved in 2012 allowing publicly funded, but privately operated, schools.


Bravo! An thank you Ms. Ravitch for keeping this issue front and center. In all likelihood, it will end up at the Supreme Court and it's not hard to figure out how those right wingers will rule. But for now, it's a victory worth celebrating:

"Ravitch writes that the 6-3 decision "is a big win for parents and public schools," and that it "gives hope to parents all across America, who see charter schools draining funding from their public schools, favoring the privileges of the few over the rights of the many."


"Thus, Washington voters had approved to give public money to private entities—a one-way street that provided no means for such funds to overseen by the public."

Not true. The state grants the charters and has the ability to take them away.

Nonetheless, this is a ruling on the Washington State Constitution and their 3 year old Charter School law and has no impact outside the state, except in that it may encourage challenges in other states with both different constitutions and different laws authorizing charter schools.


Charter schools as public wellbeing with local control is like claiming that mega-sized hydroelectric dams are 'clean energy'. In any true cost/benefit analysis you come slam up against the foundations of respectful inclusive social economy being siloed and siphoned as well as all that has to be externalized/marginalized in order to suit profit margin.


Please pass this victory for public schools on to your local newspapers and public teacher unions and associations. For the people of Colorado, chalk this up as another reason not to vote for our Senator Bennet, a big proponent of the privatization of education.


This post was flagged by the community and is temporarily hidden.


Next step, stop punishing parents who send their kids to another school district.


My daughter is in her 9th year of attendance at a non-profit charter school. It is the best school in the rural district it's in and among the best schools in the state. One of the reasons the school is so good is parental involvement.

There are many arguments pro & con charter schools. For me it's personal. The best education available here for my child was at a non-profit charter school and I'm glad I decided to enroll her in it. I've, literally, spent hundreds of hours doing volunteer work at the school. It's been worth it.


There's some confusion when using the term 'charter schools." In Colorado, I was a member of an administrative board that ran a state sanctioned charter school, and it was operated through the district, and free to the students. That is completely different from a private entity or a church setting up a charter school and asking the state to pay for it through vouchers, which is, as I understand it, what the SC in WA was objecting to.


Giving our money to politicians to spend is too dangerous.


The originators of the charter school concept, and their intellectual heirs in non-profit charter schools, are not malicious people. The problem is that the concept has since been hijacked by for-profit corporations as part of an overall strategy to destroy public education. By now, there's so much grease flowing into political campaigns from this monster, feeding at the public trough, that it has it's own corrupt momentum. This is similar to what happened with the for-profit prison companies: once a critical mass of money starts looping back into campaign contributions, it can be nearly impossible to kill regardless of the public interest.


We'll see what happens when and if the corportocracy gets an appeal to the fascist five. Our fascist corporate dictatorship is pressing hard from every direction. They are our most pressing problem. They are the most important issue for 2016.


Your 4 words..."respectful inclusive social economy", should be used everywhere there is a complaint, just change the last word to whatever suits the argument...how can we have a civil union without respect-inclusive-social-"nesses"?...we are social animals, we all what to be included and respect, IMO, is an automatic thingy...these are universal things that everyone on the planet wants...you are not an old goat but a wise being...thank-you


I agree that there is a big difference between non-profit and for-profit schools. To the non-profits children are students and to the for-profits they're profits sources - and the less they have to spend on educating them the greater the profits.

I support non-profit charter schools, not the corporate monsters who care about money, not education.


Now that is worthy of a HALLELUJAH!!!! Washington State, you're looking better and better! I never even thought that I would be interested in living out West, but y'all are looking REAL GOOD!


Regarding Charter Schools:
Like my Dad said- We have "Socialism for the Rich"
and "Free Enterprise for the Poor."
(Also good for union-busting!)


operating system that doesn't crash :

You really can't blame Bill for that, I mean after all, when he stole the idea he thought it was good one.
The story goes like this: He got the idea from Steve Jobs, who was given the operating system by Xerox to develop. Steve had been working with Bill on few things and called him and said “hey come see what I have”,so Bill came, saw, and took the idea of a Graphic User Interface (GUI).
Later Steve Jobs when asked about Bill said," Bill never saw a good idea he didn't steal". Apparently Steve was still pretty sore about it..


Is it just me or isn't introducing a law without checking that it's constitutional a bit like launching a new car without checking that it has been designed with wheels.


This article is not about Mr. Gates. It's about the people successfully banding together to exercise their voting rights to thwart public money going into private pockets. Instead of complaining about your computers or about Mr. Gates' support for charters, let's extend this movement to other outrages, like banning private prisons. Public money should not be funneled into private pockets.


The people form collectives, put their monies together to build community owned and shared wells, swimming pools, parks, libraries, community centers, social security, medicare, public, public transportation, free education, public housing, highways, electric dams, irrigation canals, levies, shelters, etc...only to have the 1% fat rats devise schemes to siphon it off for private gain. In America big theft is not only legal it is encouraged.