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UPDATE: Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Charter School Decision

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Supreme Court says it will not reconsider its ruling striking down the state charter school law.
    
In a decision announced Thursday afternoon, the court denied all requests for reconsideration of its September ruling that the state's charter school law is unconstitutional.
    
The court also removed one section from its ruling that some people argued would make other kinds of alternative schools ineligible for state dollars.
    
Seattle attorney Paul Lawrence who represented the League of Women Voters and others in suing the state over charter schools said he was pleased with the decision.
    
Nine charter schools have opened in the state under the conditions of the 2012 law. They have continued to receive state funding, pending the court's decision on the request for reconsideration.
    
Supporters of charter schools say they will find the money to keep those schools open even when state dollars stop flowing toward the independent public schools.

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SEATTLE (AP) - Charter school students, parents and educators came to Olympia on Thursday to ask lawmakers to overrule the Washington Supreme Court and keep the independent public schools open.
    
The Washington Supreme Court ruled in September that the state's new charter school law is unconstitutional. The ruling came a few weeks after some of the state's newest charter schools had opened for their first year of classes.
    
Washington's nine charter schools have continued to operate with state dollars as the Supreme Court discusses whether to grant a request for reconsideration or allow a delay in enforcing that ruling. Their future is unclear, even though the non-profit groups helping the schools get started have said they will seek private dollars to keep them open this year if the state money dries up.
    
Katie Wilton a ninth grade student at Summit Olympus in Tacoma called the Supreme Court ruling unfair and asked lawmakers to be courageous and do whatever they can to save her school.

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