Resolution Opposing Charter Schools In Washington State

Resolution regarding any and all legislative bills that would authorize charter schools in Washington State

Whereas, the State Supreme Court of Washington, in September of 2015, ruled that the provisions of Initiative 1240, which would have authorized charter schools violate our state constitution and are against the law. 

Whereas, the Washington State Legislature for four years has refused to respect our state’s constitution which specifies that it is our state’s paramount duty to provide ample funding for our public schools, as reaffirmed and required by the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision of 2012;

Whereas, any attempts by the state legislature to pass any “charter fix” bills, such as Senate Bill 6194 and House Bill E2SSB6194, would be an attempt to circumvent the spirit and letter of the high court’s recent ruling against charters, and would further defund our already underfunded public schools, serving over one million K-12 students statewide; 

Whereas, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has introduced at least 172 bills pushing their corporate-driven education privatization agenda in 42 states, according to the Center for Media and Democracy,

Whereas, vast majority of the fraud perpetrated by charter officials will go undetected because the federal government, the states, and local charter authorizers lack the oversight necessary to detect the fraud,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the membership of the 40th District Democrats stands in strong support of the Washington Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, requiring full funding of our public schools, and their ruling of September 2015 against charters.

We urge all members of the Washington State Legislature, Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn to fully support both key education rulings of our state’s highest court and reject Senate Bill 6194 and House Bill E2SSB6194 and any other bills that would vitiate, amend, or “fix” either of those Supreme Court rulings, now or in the future. 

Submitted by Tara Nelson, Chair