Today is a win for Washington students.
This morning, the Washington Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of charter public schools as a valuable part of our public education system.
In Washington we are fortunate to have charter public schools that are:
- free for all families
- continually held accountable to the state for high standards of student achievement
- serving more students of color and low-income families than the average public school
- employing three times more (39%) teachers of color than the statewide average (13%)
- seeing academic growth for underserved students and using innovation as a component for success
At Stand for Children Washington, our mission is to ensure that every student in our state receives a high quality, relevant education. Today’s ruling affirms the right for 3,400 students in charter public schools to continue their paths toward success in college and career.
We believe that the Washington State Charter School Association‘s statement today is on point: “Washington state is a global leader across many sectors—from agriculture to technology to aerospace—and yet we continue to lag significantly behind when it comes to public education. Today’s decision marks an important step forward for Washington.”
We’re grateful that students in every Washington public school will be able to finish the day knowing that they can come back tomorrow. We’re grateful to live in a state that prioritizes every student.
For more information about the ruling, please see today’s release from the Washington State Charter School Commission.