Opinion: Connecticut legislators take note: West coast rulings are going against charter schools

Sarah Darer Littman
Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU, and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

Connecticut legislators should be paying close attention to several interesting legal developments on the West Coast, which could have significant implications here in the Nutmeg State.

The first came Sept. 5, when the state Supreme Court in Washington ruled 6-3 that charter schools don’t qualify as “common” schools under the state’s constitution, and therefore can’t receive public funding intended for traditional public schools.

“Our inquiry is not concerned with the merits or demerits of charter schools,” Chief Justice Barbara Madsen wrote in the majority opinion. “Whether charter schools would enhance our state’s public school system or appropriately address perceived shortcomings of that system are issues for the legislature and the voters. The issue for this court is what are the requirements of the constitution.”

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One response to “Opinion: Connecticut legislators take note: West coast rulings are going against charter schools”

  1. John Hamlin

    Fortunately the Washington state constitution is limited to that state. The only reason charter schools are necessary is because of the teachers unions. Get rid of the lack of accountability for teachers imbedded in the system — or better yet, just get rid of the teachers unions — and the need for charter schools would evaporate.

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