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Superintendent for Public Instruction Randy Dorn has sent a letter to Olympia lawmakers suggesting they put voter-approved charter schools under his control, reversing part of I-1240 which passed in November.

I ve been very clear on where I stood on this and where I thought it was unconstitutional, Dorn explained.

His main opposition to the initiative prior to the election focused on supervision of the charter schools, which puts oversight in the hands of a nine-member panel.

Changing a voter-approved initiative takes a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate.

Nobody s taken me up on (the letter), so I believe we ll go forward with the court challenge, Dorn said.

The letter disappointed some local district and teachers union officials, many of whom expected Dorn s Office of Public Instruction to take the lead on taking I-1240 to court.

Supporters of I-1240 were upset as well. Partnership 4 Learning said a voter-approved initiative should not be changed after the fact.

Dorn said nothing has changed.

I felt that you had to try to force the issue into the legislature, Dorn explained. My issue is still, going forward, I m responsible for overseeing all public schools.

Across the country, roughly half the charter school states have state oversight. A coalition of union and district leaders are expected to challenge the initiative in court on their own. Dorn did not rule out joining a legal fight in the future.

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