The state teachers union should not sue over Washington’s new charter-schools law. A courtroom battle over Initiative 1240 shifts the focus from improving education to arguing over only one educational strategy that is widely accepted around the country.
The Washington Education Association does not like charters because it cannot control them. The union believes the $11 million spent by advocates manipulated voters into supporting the nontraditional public schools in the election last fall.
Those are flimsy reasons on which to base a constitutional challenge. But it is all the union has so far.