Washington lawmakers discuss bills to revive charter schools

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SEATTLE (AP) — State lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on two proposed legal fixes to the state's charter school system.

Lawmakers are seeking a way to answer last fall's state Supreme Court ruling that found Washington's charter school system was unconstitutional. The justices had a problem with the new public schools getting state money but not being controlled by a voter-elected school board.

Much, but not all, of the testimony from parents, teachers and education advocates was positive about the proposals. Students who attend some of Washington's first charter schools were among the people testifying before the Senate Education Committee.

More people expressed support for a bill that would bring all charter schools under the authorization and control of local school boards. Another proposal would mirror the voter initiative, with a change in the way the schools are paid for.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.