Washington State Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Unconstitutional

Published September 5, 2015

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled the state’s charter school law unconstitutional on Sept. 4, according to a report in The Washington Post. The court struck down the law, which passed in 2012, because charter schools are not “common schools” and therefore violated the state’s constitution.

The decision will affect hundreds of students in the state of Washington, which was set to have nine charter schools as of this year. It has not yet been decided what will become of those students, according to The Washington Post report. The ruling does not become final until the end of this month. 

Heather Kays ([email protected]) is a research fellow with The Heartland Institute and is managing editor of School Reform News.

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