The charter schools bill is dead.
At least for this session as lawmakers finally got a budget passed early this morning (like 5 am). From the AP:
Sen. Ed Murray, Senate Democrats' lead budget writer, lauded the fact that lawmakers didn't make cuts to K-12 or higher education, as they have in past budgets.
"That's key," he said following the vote.
Good news for all of us.
Now do I think that's the end of charter legislation? Of course not. There is money to be made and chits to be cashed in and so we will see the Son of Charter Legislation in the next session.
Will it be a smarter bill? I doubt it. For example, I have seen a lot of disingenuous talk both from legislators as well as ed reform groups over how charter schools can ONLY be non-profit when the bill specifies that the non-profit can then go out and contract services to for-profit companies including operating and managing the school.
And, it may have to come down to a vote of the people again. That's fine with me.