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The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of the voter-approved charter school law.

The primary issue in the case is whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.

State law dictates that certain funding is only for so-called “common schools” - traditionally, K-12 public schools.

Last year, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that funding charters with money that’s restricted for common schools was unconstitutional.

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Wednesday night, the Spokane Public Schools board authorized a second charter school for the district: Spokane International Academy. The board approved its first charter school Pride Prep in January.

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About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended a charter school in eastern Idaho may have to repeat classes, or even an entire grade, next year. A state commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.

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Spokane has approved Washington State’s first charter school after a unanimous vote by the city’s public school board.

Spokane Public Schools received applications earlier this year from three charter school organizations; PRIDE Prep, iLead and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. After submitting applications organizations went through interviews and public forums.  In a vote January 22, the school board unanimously approved the PRIDE Prep school.

Mixed Ruling From Judge On Charter School Law

Dec 13, 2013

A judge’s ruling Thursday will allow the introduction of charter schools in Washington, but strikes down part of the law as unconstitutional.

The Spokane School District wants to be allowed to consider applications from prospective charter schools.

WA Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly

Nov 7, 2012

The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington state is narrowly passing with 51 percent of the vote.

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Idaho is considering whether to keep three education laws that overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom.

Supporters of creating charter schools in Washington say they have more than enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. They turned in their petitions Friday.