posted about a possible lawsuit against charter schools if WEA could find partners. On Wednesday in this Seattle Times article we learned that they found partners and are proceeding with the suit on constitutional grounds.
In filing the lawsuit, the Washington Education Association was joined by the League of Women Voters of Washington, El Centro de la Raza, the Washington Association of School Administrators and several individual plaintiffs.
The state Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday it plans to fight the suit.
“It’s the attorney general’s job to defend the will of the voters, and that’s what we’ll do in this case,” said Janelle Guthrie, a spokeswoman for the office.
I have mixed feelings about this suit even though the Association I belong to has joined. I especially don't like having another education related suit being defended with state tax dollars like we have seen in the McCleary case. Though charter proponents believe that it is a distraction suit and that the law will stand the constitutionality test it may need to go all the way to the State Supreme Court before that determination is finalized.
Though I am not a proponent of charters and do not believe that they are the answer to the needs of at risk students in our state, I am struggling with the need for this lawsuit. Too many resources and energy will go into this effort on both sides when what we most need is greater collaboration as we implement major changes driven by state reforms . I also find it interesting that Superintendent Dorn, who has said that the law is unconstitutional because it takes away his power, did not comment Wednesday on the suit.
What are your thoughts? Is this suit necessary because the charter law is a threat to public education in our state or are there other reasons?