SEATTLE (AP) - A King County Superior Court Judge has found that provisions of the state's voter-approved charter school law violate the state Constitution.
King County Judge Jean Rietschel found that a charter school can't be defined as a "common school" because it's not under the control of voters in a school district. Under the state Constitution, schools have to be under the control of voters in their districts to be considered part of the state system and obtain state funding.
The state's charter school system was approved by voters in 2012, with the first of these alternative public schools scheduled to open in fall 2014.
The state attorney general's office, representing the people of Washington, argued the charter law enhances education and does not circumvent anything in the state Constitution or the court decisions that have clarified sections on education.