The chairman of the Charter School Commission revealed at a meeting Thursday in Tacoma that First Place Scholars is being forced to quickly refund an overpayment in state dollars it received last school year.

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TACOMA — The Washington Supreme Court’s September ruling that the state’s new charter school law is unconstitutional is causing new financial problems for the state’s first charter school.

The chairman of the Charter School Commission revealed at a meeting Thursday in Tacoma that First Place Scholars is being forced to quickly refund an overpayment in state dollars it received last school year.

Over the summer, state education officials had told the commission that the Seattle school would have an entire school year to pay back $160,000 it had received because of lower student enrollment than expected.

The state’s charter school law says that in their first year of operation, charter schools will get their state education dollars based on enrollment estimates and they will need to make adjustments — pay the state back — in the second year if those enrollment estimates are not met.

Commission Chairman Steve Sundquist said the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction sped up the payback schedule after the Supreme Court ruling and now is taking all the money out of the school’s first five payments.

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction spokesman Nate Olson confirmed that the state is reducing the monthly payments to First Place by 20 percent a month and expects the money to be paid back by January.

Sundquist said this fast payment schedule is putting the already struggling school into a more urgent financial crisis. First Place is currently on probation with the commission because of its ongoing financial problems as well as issues with the school’s academic program.

The school is hoping to make up for the shortfall with grant money, more fundraising and cutting its spending.

Commission Executive Director Joshua Halsey stressed at the meeting that the Seattle school was making a lot of improvements and was beating its enrollment estimates for this year. About 110 students are currently enrolled, which is 20 more than the school budgeted for this year. At the end of last year, the school had 75 students enrolled.

“We continue to work diligently with First Place. They are definitely turning the corner,” Halsey said.

A request for comment from First Place was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Also at the meeting Thursday, charter-school officials said they have had to put on hold the application process for new schools because of the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling. The application process would normally begin in February with a request for proposals.

The state attorney general’s office and others are asking the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision about charter schools. Meanwhile, lawmakers are discussing ways to work around the ruling.

If either the court or the Legislature decides to give the independent public schools a new life in Washington state, the application process could be restarted by the Washington State Board of Education, which governs this part of the charter law, Sundquist said.

The agency is focused on monitoring the schools that have already opened while making plans to dismantle itself. The application process would have been the fourth cycle since the law allowing charter schools was approved by voters in 2012.

Also on Thursday, the commission approved the charter agreement for two more schools that are scheduled to open in Walla Walla and West Seattle in fall 2016, but the contracts are different from those signed in previous years.

The new charter agreements mention the Supreme Court decision and say the contract will be voided if the Supreme Court finalizes its decision and the Legislature does not take action to maintain the charter-school system.

Washington has nine open charter schools, including two authorized by the Spokane School District. The Supreme Court ruled in September that the way the new state law says charter schools should be governed and financed makes the law unconstitutional.

While commissioners talked at the meeting about plans to dismantle the agency in response to the Supreme Court decision, they also discussed potential future schools and future work by the young agency.

A new way to measure the schools’ performance was discussed, and the executive director gave a detailed report on how the commission is using lessons learned from its first few years to make better decisions in the future.