Washington

Year Law Enacted: 2016

Number of Charter Students in the State

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0%

Percentage of public school students attending charters Derived from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools

Number of Charter Schools

8


0%

Percentage of public schools that are charters Derived from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools

Authorizing Policy Context

On September 4, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court held Washington State’s charter school statute unconstitutional under “common school” and other provisions of the state constitution, based primarily on how those provisions relate to public school funding and governance. On November 19, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court ruled it will not reconsider its earlier decision; therefore, the state’s charter school law remains invalidated. Washington had all of NACSA’s recommended policies in law before the law was ruled unconstitutional. The ruling was not a comment on NACSA’s eight recommended policies. To learn more about how the state’s law scored before it was struck down, see our 2014 analysis.

States with Few Authorizers

One or two non-district authorizers oversee most schools in this state.
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State Policy Score

33/33

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State Policy Rank

1/44

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