What would you tell your child if they had to start over? If the friends they made would no longer be in the same classroom the next morning? If the teacher they grew to love didn’t show up the next day? What would you say to your kid if a group of judges decided to shut down their school due to a legal loophole?
When the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that public charter schools were no longer eligible for state funding, it signaled to thousands of low-income families that the judges alone know what’s best in the classroom, that the will of millions of voters isn’t valid and that one-size-fits-all education is the law of the land in Washington state.
If we act now we can fix this but I need your help. Please, take a few seconds to sign the Act Now for WA Students petition that’s trending on Change.org.
Washington voters made these innovative public schools possible, creating real opportunities for children who had been failed by decades of de facto segregation and inequity. This isn’t just an education issue, it’s a social justice issue. Seventy percent of the kids in public charter schools come from families of color and more than half qualify for lunch subsidies.
We need your help to call on our elected leaders to confront this legal challenge to Washington’s public schools. Olympia cannot stand by and let the courts deny Washington’s children real opportunity. Our state made a commitment to the children already enrolled in public charter schools and the many more still waiting in line. It’s time to deliver on that promise.
Join League of Education Voters and sign this petition. Ask lawmakers Act Now For Washington Students!