Charter school plans will continue locally and statewide
King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel has issued a ruling that the state’s charter schools initiative can continue. This includes a possible military school in Grays Harbor that could open as early as next year.
On July 3, multiple groups filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the initiative. The group asked the court to declare the Charter Schools Act unconstitutional in its entirety and to block any further implementation of the act.
The judge upheld the charter schools law, as written, against multiple constitutional arguments, finding that only one limited aspect of the law should be stricken.
In her ruling, Rietschel found it unconstitutional to designate a charter school as a “common school.” Under her ruling, charter schools could be ineligible for certain funding sources reserved exclusively for common schools.
“As attorney general, it is my job to defend the will of the voters,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “The court has held the vast majority of the charter schools initiative constitutional, and the state will continue to implement this law.”
Pioneer Youth Corps of Washington submitted a notice of intent, saying they would like to open the Evergreen State Leadership Academy in September of 2014 in Grays Harbor.
Final charter school applications were due on November 22 and the first charter schools are expected to open in 2014.