Washington State’s Supreme Court ruling on charter schools in September 2015 thrust charter schools across the state – and the families of students attending them – into crisis. Confronted with the possibility that their excellent new schools could close, parents, advocates, and educators saw no other option other than to stand up and fight for legislation that would keep schools open and preserve their ability to exercise choice in the public education of their children.
Earlier this month, legislators in Washington State approved a bill to save the state’s charter public schools. This bipartisan vote was a testament to the hard work of parents and students who led this fight and succeeded in changing hearts and minds. Charter schools are committed to being a part of closing opportunity gap—at its core this is a social justice issue.