The bill requires OSPI to reimburse charter schools for any loss in state funding directly resulting from the state Supreme Court decision.
Also, Senator Ann Rivers from R-La Center had this to say about McCleary in The Columbian:
“I’m sick to death of talking about McCleary, and a lot of other people are, too,” Rivers said of the court case that resulted in an order that lawmakers must fulfill their paramount duty under the state constitution and adequately fund the state’s public schools. But tackling more specifics in the 60-day legislative session, Rivers said, “wasn’t in the cards.”
This is the same Senator Rivers who left work group Town Halls right on the ending time, despite large numbers of people who had been patiently waiting in line to give their point of view.
But the good Senator has the time to vote for this charter bill.
Once again, priorities, kids.
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A bit of a yawn as we all knew this would happen and the only question was which charter bill. They passed Senator Litzow's bill, SB 6194.
The House is not going to see the same outcome (or I doubt it.) Even if they did pass one, again, I doubt Governor Inslee would sign it.
Why? Because the darn thing is STILL not constitutional. I don't know if charter supporters don't listen or don't have good lawyers but fixing the funding was not the entire issue. There is still no real elected oversight.
Sure, they are trying to muscle the State Superintendent on the Charter Commission but Dorn told me he didn't think any superintendent would have time for that and he would send a substitute. If that happens, there goes your elected oversight (at least on the Commission.)
If this bill becomes law, I'm fairly sure it will get hauled back into court and it starts all over.
I have to wonder about why the Supreme Court is getting dissed on all sides by the legislature with lawmakers seemingly ignoring the sanctions on the lack of work on McCleary AND seeing how fast legislators ran to pass a charter bill that isn't constitutional.
Yeas: 27 Nays: 20 Absent: 0 Excused: 2
Voting Yea: Senator Angel, Bailey, Baumgartner, Becker, Benton, Braun, Brown, Dammeier, Dansel, Ericksen, Fain, Hewitt, Hill, Hobbs, Honeyford, King, Litzow, Miloscia, Mullet, O'Ban, Padden, Parlette, Rivers, Roach, Schoesler, Sheldon, Warnick Voting Nay: Senator Billig, Carlyle, Chase, Cleveland, Conway, Darneille, Fraser, Frockt, Hargrove, Hasegawa, Jayapal, Keiser, Liias, McAuliffe, McCoy, Nelson, Pearson, Pedersen, Rolfes, Takko Absent: Excused: Senator Habib, Ranker
Interestingly the two senators, Billig and Baumgartner who wrote the other charter bill, voted in opposite directions.
From a transcript of testimony given before the vote:
Senator Mullet (D-Issaquah) testified in support of the bill:
“...After the supreme court ruling I visited Summit Sierra Charter School. For the first time in my life, I visited a charter school. I took my children along. I was greeted by school kids chanting “Save our School.” You can imagine my shock seeing kids this in love with their school. It quickly became apparent that they viewed the elected officials working to close down charter schools as the equivalent of the First Order in the new Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens.” As an elected official, I am supposed to be Hans Solo or Luke Skywalker, not Darth Vader. What the supreme court did that day was evil and unfair. My daughter made an interesting comment, saying “Dad, if the parents and the students both love the schools, why does somebody vote to close the school?...”Comparing the Court to Darth Vadar and calling the Court's ruling "evil and unfair" does not illuminate or elevate the discussion.