It’s time for the Legislature to do right by the voters who approved Initiative 1240 and recognize the value of charter schools.
WITH the Legislature scheduled to adjourn Thursday, the future of the state’s fledgling charter schools, and their 1,200 students, hang in the balance.
The Senate has passed a bill that meets the concerns of the state Supreme Court ruling that overturned the charter school law last September. The House has yet to vote, although negotiations are going on behind the scenes.
Here’s what is necessary:
• A funding solution must be permanent, not for just a year, because that effectively will close charter schools.
• House Democrats should stop trying to force school boards to be in charge of charter schools, especially if they don’t want to be, which is the case with Seattle Public Schools. If school boards want to be involved, they can follow the model of the Spokane School District and authorize charter schools themselves.
• Stick to business. Don’t tie this to the McCleary funding issue or try to water down other important progress that has been made on school reform.
The Supreme Court ruled more than six months ago. The Senate passed its solution almost two months ago. It’s time for the Legislature to do right by the voters who approved Initiative 1240 and recognize the students and their families who are using this alternative in education.