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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington senator introduced a bill to make charter schools constitutional, following a ruling by the state Supreme Court last year that struck down the 2012 voter-approved law that created the charter system.

The bill, introduced Monday, would make charter schools accountable to locally elected school boards, according to a news release from the office of Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane.

The high court previously took issue that charter schools are supported with state dollars and governed by a board not elected by residents.

There are nine operating charter schools open in the state, according to the website of the Washington State Charter Schools Association. The schools have been trying to remain open since losing state funding.

Washington voters narrowly passed Initiative 1240 in 2012 to allow charter schools with 50.69 percent of the vote.