Remember all that hair-pulling and finger-pointing when the Washington Supreme Court issued its ruling on the charter school law right before school opened last September?
Well, I sat down and watched the interview with Chief Justice Madsen on TVW.
(You should watch the whole thing. She is quietly deferential to the other branches of government and careful about what she says. The second half of the show was Rep. Matt Manweller and Rep David Frockt talking about the McCleary issue. Rep. Manweller could not have been more disrespectful to the Court. It's fine to disagree but if anyone is taking this to a constitutional crisis, it's some in the legislature.)
But I digress. That point I wanted to make was brought up when host, Austin Jenkins, asked about that timing of the ruling? Chief Justice Madsen pointed out the average time for most cases to go thru the Court and that the charter school case was, indeed, about average at 90-120 days.
Then she said the Court has a mechanism, for either side, to request an EXPEDITED ruling.
Neither side filed for that.
Think about that? If you were so worried about charter schools in Washington State, wouldn't you have filed for an expedited ruling?
Well, that is if you truly cared about the families.
Savvy lawyers -like the ones hired by the defendants - would have known
how long it takes for cases to go thru the Court. They could have
figured out the timing of the ruling.
But what if you were a bunch of charter supporters, like Bill Gates, who thought it best to get as many charter schools open as you could. How would it look for the Supreme Court to rule against those schools and their families? Why, the Court just couldn't make such a ruling.
But they did and I say again, the charter supporter adults running the show gambled with children's academic lives and lost.