Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, issued the following statement today regarding the state Supreme Court’s decision striking down Initiative 1240, the Charter School Act passed by voters in 2012.
“While I respect the wisdom of the court’s decision, I also think we legislators are obligated to do whatever we can to ensure that all students receive the opportunities they need to be successful and, if at all possible, avoid disrupting a school year that is just beginning.
“I believe we have an obligation to the 1,200 children attending charter schools this year to allow them to stay at their schools while the Legislature explores solutions to ensure that they operate within the parameters of the state constitution. This is not about politics, but about what is best for the families that have chosen to enroll their kids in charter schools. Families were told they would be operational for this school year and they should be.”