As a result of the Washington State Supreme Court announcing that it will not reconsider its September decision declaring the state's voter-approved law establishing charter schools unconstitutional, OSPI no longer has legal authority to allocate apportionment to charter schools. OSPI plans to take steps to ensure that students continue to get a quality public education during a transition period.Okay, first, there IS something that students and their parents can do - enroll in public schools. I'm sorry that the Superintendent doesn't suggest this and seems to imply that a "quality public education" is found elsewhere.
Next, what "transition period?" Does the Superintendent know something we don't because I'm unclear on what that means.
He continues on sayings that some of the charters are intending to contract with "public school districts" to allow them to continue "providing education services" for their students. That may just be covering the bases but is there more than one district considering this?
What will OSPI be doing:
- helping the transfer process from their "resident districts" to a "school district's ALE program via the Standard Choice Transfer System."
- those WSLPs (Written Student learning Plans)? OSPI is allowing the districts that enroll these students until the February 2016 count day to provide these. I'll have to go check the RCW but that seems like a long time. And, of course, gives a lot of breathing room if/when the Legislature gets money to them.
My biggest question is - aren't ALE students getting money from basic ed funding? Isn't that what the Court said can't happen?
The memo says districts "may claim the student on the December monthly enrollment count for state funding, even in the absence of a WSLP."
Students enrolled in ALE programs will generate an allocation based on the non-vocational Running Start rate for the 2015-2016 school year, which is $6,308.69.