School Choice Victory as Washington, Georgia Approve Charter Schools

by Jillian Kay Melchior

Here’s some good election news: It looks like both Georgia and Washington voted in support of charter schools yesterday.

Georgians approved a constitutional amendment creating a commission with the power to approve charter schools.

That’s important because charters will no longer need the approval of Georgia’s union-dominated, often-hostile school boards, and the vote was a landslide, passing by 58.5 percent to 41.5 percent.

In Washington, the vote was tighter. The Washington Post reports a thrice-failed measure allowing the creation of charter schools in the state appeared to squeak by this time. With 50 percent reporting, the New York Times reports the measure stands at 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent. Washington was one of only nine states nationwide that forbade charter schools. Now, it will experiment with up to 40.

Charters’ success in both red Georgia and blue Washington just goes to show how much school choice has become a bipartisan issue.