from Politico Morning Ed | By Kimberly Hefling | by email
Sept 8, 2015 10:05 AM EDT :: : More on that charter schools ruling. [http://politico.pro/1O9cX4a].
The Washington State Charter Schools Association and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools have asked Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special session. One of his spokesmen told the News Tribune in Tacoma over the weekend that the governor still needs to discuss the ruling with the state attorney general and the commission that oversees charter schools [http://bit.ly/1ipkmQK]. “It’s all new,” the spokesman said. “The opinion needs to be analyzed. ... Nobody has an answer yet.”
— The state charter school association says eight charters enrolling 1,200 students opened this fall, and all plan to have their doors open Tuesday [http://bit.ly/1M6Vlqg]. (The state’s first charter school opened in 2014-15.) The association notes that the court’s decision doesn’t specify what happens to charter schools already open, instead sending the case back to the King County Superior Court “for an appropriate order.” One other charter school opened last year. “If the governor does not call this session, he will be failing the Washington families who made the choice to enroll their children in public charter schools. We hope and expect the Governor will do the right thing for these students and families,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
— The ruling was praised by the Washington Education Association and other groups that sued over the law, saying it illegally robbed traditional public schools of taxpayer dollars.