Are charter schools unconstitutional?


As millions of American students, including 840,000 in Minnesota, headed back to public schools a few weeks ago, a ruling by the Supreme Court in the state of Washington outlawing charter schools in that state sent shock waves throughout the nation’s educational establishment. The reverberations could shake education in Minnesota, too.

In early September, on a 6-3 vote, the judges in Washington agreed with the charter school challengers — a group including the League of Women Voters in that state, the public school teachers union and some parents — holding that the charter school system devised there three years ago violates the state constitution.


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