If you think North Carolina is alone in fighting the good fight against an explosion of unregulated charter schools, you would be wrong. Unfortunately, traditional public schools in many states are under siege. Some groups in Washington State are not sitting idly by:
“A coalition of parents, educators, and community groups has filed a Complaint in King County Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 1240, Washington’s new Charter School Act.
The Complaint asserts that the Charter School Act violates the Washington Constitution by improperly diverting public school funds to private organizations that are not subject to local voter control and by impeding the State’s constitutional obligation to amply provide for and fully fund K-12 public education…
‘The Charter School Act poses a real threat to our public school system in Washington,’ said Plaintiff Dr. Wayne Au. ‘Not only does it divert already deficient state funds from public schools to private organizations, it also exempts those private organizations from many of the standards that are in place to ensure that all children receive an adequate education.’”