My Prediction (or Two) on What the Governor Will Do
I have previously pointed out the obvious about Governor Jay Inslee and the situation he is in regarding the charter school bill on his desk.
1) He ran on the Washington State Democratic platform which is against charter schools.
2) He's running for reelection and he needs to consider money AND boots on the ground to support him if he wants another term. While I don't think the Republican candidate can win, he should run hard (especially given the craziness around what the GOP is doing on the presidential candidate level.)
3) Throughout his tenure, he has said he's against charter schools. He has never said anything publicly about that stance changing.
4) During the legislature session, he did go visit a charter and said he was glad to meet students who loved reading. Some interpreted that as a soften of his stance. I'm not sure one visit to a charter school would change anyone's mind.
5) He went to law school and was a legislator. He knows how to read a bill and I'm going to assume he has read the constitution that he swore to uphold when he took office. He can plainly see that Article Three, Section 22 on the duties of the state superintendent are not included in this bill. (There are those who disagree with me on this point and I just say, "Let's go see what a judge says.")
He has three choices: approve, veto or wait 20 days and then it just passes into law.
The clock started ticking on March 10th for the 20 days that he has to make a decision (that does not include Sundays so the last day would be Saturday, April 2nd.)
Prediction OneHe'll let it pass into law.
He'll say, "I personally don't support charters but the legislature went thru the process and I want to "save" these schools."
Then he can say he didn't approve it AND he didn't veto it.
That would be a rather wan outcome.
He lets it pass into law BUT then asks for an expedited hearing from some court on the law's constitutionality.
I would consider that fair because it gives something to both sides. The charter schools would have their law but that law is going to be gone thru by a judge to make sure that we aren't all sitting here next year at the same time with even MORE families affected by an overturn charter law.
Of course, my favored outcome is a veto which would make me admire the Governor for remaining constant to a stand he ran on and an acknowledgement that this is a deeply flawed and rushed bill that will not withstand a legal challenge.