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Washington’s first charter school to go back to private

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SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s first charter school has decided to go back to being a tuition-free private school.

In the wake of a Washington Supreme Court decision that the state’s charter school law is unconstitutional, all nine charter schools have been scrambling to find a way to keep their doors open.

The other eight schools have said they will be seeking another option, trying to become what the state calls Alternative Learning Experiences, under the umbrella of a traditional school district.

First Place scholars announced on Monday that it had been given a grant to remain open for the rest of the school year without disruption to its 106 students.

First Place was a private school for decades, serving homeless and other vulnerable students in Seattle’s Central District, before becoming Washington’s first charter school in 2014.