A judge in Washington state has ruled that the state’s charter school law is constitutional, another twist in an ongoing legal battle.
The ruling last month marks a big victory for proponents of charter schools and the eight that are already operating in the state. The state’s largest teachers’ union—the Washington Education Association—has not said whether it will appeal.
Washington’s original charter school law was passed by voter referendum in 2012. In fall 2015, the law was struck down by the state supreme court but revived by the legislature the following spring. A group of parents and the WEA sued over the new version of the law, challenging its constitutionality.
A version of this article appeared in the March 01, 2017 edition of Education Week as Charter Law Found Legal in Washington State