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Position Statement on Charter Schools

Release Date: 

September 11, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. – At its September 2015 meeting, the State Board of Education discussed the Supreme Court decision in League of Women Voters of Washington et al. v. State of Washington and its effect on charter schools currently operating in the state.

Due to the decision by the Washington State Supreme Court, approximately 1,200 Washington charter school students and their families may experience disruption to their school year. The State Board of Education is concerned about potential lost instructional time and will continue to monitor the effects on students currently enrolled in Washington charter schools. The Board stands ready to assist within the limits of its statutory authority.


Contact: Ben Rarick, SBE Executive Director, (360) 725-6027

About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The board is comprised of 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member.

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Media Contact: 

Alissa Muller, SBE Communications Manager, (360) 725-6501