How the legislature can preserve the will of the voters

Washington legislators have the power to fix the mess the court created. Our public charter schools are already making a difference for students, with early results showing remarkable progress in math and reading. We can’t let legislators erase what the voters approved.

When the voters of Washington passed the 2012 initiative to create 40 public charter schools, they weren't agreeing to a one year plan. That would make absolutely no sense. And yet we’re still hearing of an anemic “fix” from some members in the state’s legislature.

But you can't run a school or state one year at a time. And a one-year plan would effectively shut down all public charter schools throughout the state. It’s not a fix, it’s an eviction notice. And that’s not what the voters agreed to.

Senate Bill 6194 honors the will of Washington voters by reinstating and updating the 2012 voter-approved law to keep public charter schools open and address the uncertainty students, parents and teachers are facing. The state legislature simply needs to do what the voters asked for:

  1. Fully fund approved public charter schools statewide

  2. Allow for up to 40 public charter schools over 5 years

  3. Give all students and parents access (maintain the voter approved statewide authorization plan).

Washington voters already said yes to this. Our elected leaders represent the people, and the people have spoken: Keep our public charter schools open.