OSPI asking lawmakers to revise WA charter law

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Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 9:33 AM

SEATTLE (AP) — State Schools Chief Randy Dorn has sent a letter to legislative leaders asking them to revise the charter school law to give the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction jurisdiction over the new schools.

Dorn says the law, which was approved by voters in November, is unconstitutional because it establishes a separate system of public schools, run by an independent, unelected agency. The state constitution says the superintendent of public instruction is in charge of all matters pertaining to public schools.

He says the problem can be easily fixed by a simple amendment.

Dorn also expressed these concerns before the election and has threatened to file a lawsuit to fix the problem.

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