Bipartisan backing, kids' lobbying, rescues Washington's charter schools

The state House of Representatives late Wednesday passed legislation that sets up a new pot of money for charter schools, an 11th-hour rescue built on TV commercials and relentless lobbying by students and their parents.

The State Senate cleared the legislation early Thursday afternoon, sending it on to Gov. Jay Inslee.

“I am relieved that now I can just focus on schoolwork and not have to worry if I will have to transfer schools and what my future at school will look like,” said Gilly King, a student at Summit Sierra school in Seattle’s International District.

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