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In Our View: Ruling a Win for Students | The Columbian | March 1, 2017

The latest court ruling regarding charter schools in Washington is a major victory for proponents of the system and should serve as a call for opponents to give up the fight. The focus now must turn toward improving outcomes for students throughout the state rather than continuing a counterproductive legal battle.

Big victory for charter schools and students | The Spokesman-Review | February 26, 2017

Washington state’s charter schools scored a huge victory Feb. 17 when they won the latest round in court. Hopefully, opponents will concede defeat and move on.

Charter schools should be given chance to succeed | Union-Bulletin | February 24, 2017

A King County Superior Court judge ruled the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Washington’s charter-school law, which was revised by the Legislature after previous legal wrangling, didn’t demonstrate that charter schools are unconstitutional. The ruling appears solid. It’s time to give charter schools a chance to soar or flounder. 

Time to move on from charter-schools lawsuit | The Seattle Times | February 22, 2017

NOW that a King County Superior Court judge has ruled that Washington’s charter-schools law is constitutional, the detractors of this promising education approach should stand down.

Charters get well-deserved victory in court ruling | Yakima Herald-Republic | February 21, 2017

Charter school advocates no doubt suffered the jitters in advance of a court ruling on the Friday before the Presidents Day holiday — the timing recalled Labor Day weekend 2015, when the state Supreme Court ruled that the charter schools’ funding mechanism violated the state constitution. But this time, charter schools advocates enjoyed a much happier holiday after a ruling that buttresses a promising educational tool in this state.

Charter Schools Are Legal, Washington State Judge Rules | EdWeek | February 21, 2017

A judge in Washington state has ruled that the state’s charter school law is constitutional, another twist in an ongoing legal battle.

‘A Huge Win’: Washington State Charter School Supporters Celebrate Major Courtroom Victory | The 74 | February 20, 2017

Washington state charter school supporters were ecstatic Friday afternoon after a county Superior Court judge ruled in their favor in the most recent challenge to the schools’ constitutionality.

King County judge says Washington charter school law can stand | The Olympian | February 17, 2017

A King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Washington state’s newest charter school law — approved by the Legislature last year — does not violate the state constitution. Judge John Chun said the plaintiffs, who included the Washington Education Association (WEA) and El Centro de la Raza, were unable to demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that the law runs afoul of the constitution.

King County judge says Washington charter school law can stand | The News Tribune | February 17, 2017

A King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Washington state’s newest charter school law — approved by the Legislature last year — does not violate the state constitution. Judge John Chun said the plaintiffs, who included the Washington Education Association (WEA) and El Centro de la Raza, were unable to demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that the law runs afoul of the constitution.

National Alliance Applauds Ruling Upholding Constitutionality of Washington State Charter Schools | National Alliance for Public Charter Schools | February 17, 2017

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools today released the following statement regarding the ruling in El Centro de la Raza v. Washington State, which affirms the constitutionality of charter schools in the Evergreen State.

Judge Rules New State Charter School Law Is Constitutional | U.S. News | February 17, 2017

A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state’s charter school law didn’t demonstrate that charter schools are unconstitutional.

OpEd: Charter schools give voice to voiceless |Yakima Herald | January 14, 2017

Each time another election season passes, I am reminded how important every community’s voice is in shaping the policies and opportunities that impact them. Here in Yakima, this is especially true — over half of our residents represent minority populations that have historically been underserved and overlooked. We step to the ballot box every few years to be heard, and to demand what is best for our families and children. But when it comes to charter public schools, entrenched political groups have repeatedly tried to shut our voices out.

Washington state charter school supporters, opponents look ahead to a critical year| The 74 | December 14, 2016

The latest fight over the constitutionality of charter schools in Washington state may not be resolved until 2018, meaning the parents, advocates and educators fighting to save the schools and the teachers union and other groups suing to close them could face a long year of legal wrangling.

War over charter schools should end in Washington | The Olympian | November 25, 2017

Charter public schools are now vital to our education system, serving nearly 1,700 students across the state in historically underserved communities. But the plaintiffs want these public schools to close, with no thought of the families who proudly chose to send their kids to them. This is El Centro’s fatal flaw: its own disregard for Washington voters, parents and students.

Kids Win: Early Victory as Judge Tosses Baseless Claims, Dismisses Lobbying Organizations from Charter School Lawsuit | WA Charters | November 18, 2016

In a decision released earlier today, King County Superior Court Judge John H. Chun delivered a major blow to the plaintiffs in the latest charter public school lawsuit, recognizing both the state’s motion to dismiss two of plaintiffs’ core arguments from consideration and affirming intervenor claims that several organizational plaintiffs failed to demonstrate standing in their attack on charter school families.

OpEd: A father stands up for his daughter and the rights of charter-school students | The Seattle Times | August 30, 2016

By: Ed Pacheco

When the charter public-school initiative went on the ballot in 2012, I voted a resounding “yes,” as did the majority of my fellow residents in Yakima, a city almost half comprised of Latino residents.

Families to defend charter schools in court | KIRO 7 | August 23, 2016

By: Essex Porter

Just 13 years old, Benjamin Bradley may look too young to fly — but he wants to be a commercial airline pilot. He’s already earning his wings at Excel Charter School. Today, his grandfather gathered with other charter school supporters at the King County Courthouse. “He’s focused on what he needs to do in school, but underlying that there, he kind of wonders why are people trying to shut us down,” said Roland Bradley.

Charter school advocates undeterred, will fight second lawsuit | The News Tribune | August 23, 2016

By: Debbie Cafazzo

Washington charter school advocates announced Tuesday that they plan to intervene in a lawsuit filed earlier this month that challenges the state’s newest charter school law. A dozen families, including three whose children attend charter schools in Tacoma, are named as interveners in the latest legal motion, which will be filed in King County Superior Court.

Families join legal fight for charter schools | K5 News | August 23, 2016

By: Elisa Hahn

Washington charter schools unveiled their new weapon in the legal battle to protect their schools. Tuesday, a dozen charter school families filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit accusing the schools of being unconstitutional.

Editorial: Effort to undercut charter schools is unnecessary | Union-Bulletin | August 9, 2016

By: The Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Four years ago, Washington state voters approved, albeit narrowly, an initiative aimed at allowing a small number of charter schools as part of an experiment to see if the concept would work here. 

Editorial: Charter-schools lawsuit is another unwanted distraction | The Seattle Times | August 5, 2016

By: Seattle Times Editorial Board

Disappointingly, the state teachers union is trying once again to deprive students not well-served by traditional schools the chance to thrive at a public charter school.

Statement: National Alliance Denounces Lawsuit Filed Against Washington State Charter School Students | NACPS | August 4, 2016

“We are profoundly disappointed by the decision to file a misguided lawsuit in an effort to replace the clear will of the voters and a bipartisan majority in the legislature through a flawed, politically motivated agenda. This action is designed to prevent families from exercising their choice and maintain the status quo of an education system that is not working for too many children in the state of Washington.”

Washington charter schools — as expected — are being challenged again in court | Inlander | August 3, 2016

By: Wilson Criscione

When the state legislature passed a law earlier this year that effectively ensured charter schools could stay open, charter school proponents knew the fight was not over yet. “The reality is your efforts are not finished. We’re going to continue to need your help,” state Sen. Michael Baumgartner said in April.

Lawsuit targets Washington’s new charter schools law | The Spokesman-Review | August 3, 2016

By: Gene Johnson (AP)

Teachers unions, parents and other groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday over Washington’s new charter school law, a measure that was enacted last spring after the state Supreme Court struck down the old law.

Coalition files new challenge to Washington’s charter-school law | The Seattle Times | August 3, 2016

By: Katherine Long

A new challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s charter-school law was filed in King County Superior Court on Wednesday by a coalition of parents, educators, school administrators and civic groups.

Statement: Lawsuit flies in the face of voters, bipartisan legislative effort to save local public schools | WA Charters | August 3, 2016

El Centro de la Raza, League of Women Voters, unions attempt to close schools serving low-income communities and students of color

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