A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its finding that the state’s charter school law is unconstitutional. Melissa Santos writes in the Olympian,
Yet the brief filed by the 10 lawmakers Monday claims the court’s decision “potentially undercuts the Legislature’s authority” to structure the state’s school system and write state budgets, while ignoring that lawmakers took steps to ensure that “common school” funding wouldn’t go to charter schools.
The lawmakers also questioned whether the court’s decision could affect the Legislature’s ability to fund other specialized educational programs, such as Running Start or bilingual programs.
Former state Supreme Court justice and Democratic state senator Phil Talmadge submitted the legislators’ brief. In September we cited Talmadge’s commentary in The News Tribune in which he stated his disagreement with the court decision.
The Seattle Times also reports on the legislators’ brief.