Friday, October 2, 2015

Charter Schools Are Unconstitutional In One State- Can We Make It True In New York State?

Washington State Supreme Court: Charter schools are unconstitutional

After nearly a year of deliberation, the state Supreme Court ruled late Friday afternoon that charter schools are not constitutional.


  1. Colorado court stops religious school vouchers

    Posted on: Friday August 19th, 2011
    By Molly A. Hunter
    Director, Education Justice, Education Law Center

    We know that vouchers fail in at least two ways. First, vouchers do not raise student achievement. They also hyper-segregate schools, typically by excluding students with disabilities, students learning English, and children from low-wealth families.

    Nevertheless, a large school district in Colorado adopted a plan to use about $3 million of its public education tax revenues to start a voucher program in the 2011-12 school year. Most of the private schools where the Douglas County School District wanted to pay tuitions are religious schools that require teachers, parents, and potential students to agree to religious tenets.

    Some parents of schoolchildren in the district and other district taxpayers filed a lawsuit to stop the voucher plan. In a three-day hearing, the private schools clearly stated their “missions of religious indoctrina

    tion.” They said their programs include the religious teachings of their particular churches and require students to attend religious services.
    The Denver District Court that heard the case issued a permanent injunction that prevents the school district's voucher program from proceeding. The court explained its order in detail and found that the voucher program violates parts of the Colorado Constitution and two Colorado statutes.

    The Colorado Constitution's Article IX, Section 7, for example, prohibits any government entity, including school districts, from using public funds "to help support...any school,...controlled by any church or sectarian denomination whatsoever."

    Also, Article IX, Section 8 requires that "No religious test or qualification shall ever be required of any person as a condition of admission into any public institution of the state, either as a teacher or student;" and "no teacher or student of any such institution shall ever be required to attend...any religious service whatsoever."

    The school district's voucher program would violate both of these provisions.

    This case is similar to earlier "Blaine Amendment" cases in Arizona and Florida, where publicly funded vouchers for religious schools violated those states' constitutions. Thirty-seven (37) state constitutions have Blaine Amendments, and they prohibit the use of public tax dollars to fund religious activities, including religious schools.

    The Colorado case is Larue v. Douglas County Sch. Dist., and the court ruled on August 12, 2011.

    This is what is going on in Pennsylvania:

  2. I think that all this creating chaos for hundreds of families whose children have already started classes can have a really bad impact on students. I guess on their families as well, but when we speak of education, I am very much concerned about students, first of all. I think it is enough that one out of 4 students need to always look for professional essay review service online. I really would not want to see things get even worse. I hope this all will be figured out somehow.