Yesterday afternoon the state Supreme Court released its final decision on charter schools. A majority of five justices decided to delete footnote 10 from the original opinion finding that charter schools are unconstitutional (see page 11). Other than that, the decision stands.
Sean Gill of UW's Center on Reinventing Public Education has an opinion piece suggesting that traditional public schools may not deserve their monopoly status:
Yesterday Washington's four living former attorneys general (Slade Gorton, Kenneth O. Eikenberry, Christine O. Gregoire, and Robert M. McKenna) filed an amicus brief arguing that the state Supreme Court should reconsider its ruling that charter schools are unconstitutional.
Legislators: Court "overlooks" the responsibility of the Legislature to budget and organize school system
Two more requests that the state Supreme Court reconsider its September decision that charter schools are unconstitutional have been made. (The attorney general filed a motion to reconsider Sept. 24.)
Yesterday in Olympia the House Finance Committee looked at how public schools are funded, here in Washington and nationwide. Committee staff prepared in-depth reports with lots of information (the Research Council in 2013 published a report on on K-12 financing, comparing Washington's funding to other states'. You can read that here). Some highlights: