The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that charter schools are unconstitutional, invalidating a recent state ballot initiative that made them possible. The court feels that "common" schools, as defined in the constitution, must be answerable to the public, from whom their funding is taken. The right-wing views charter schools as healthy competition to a bloated and moribund public education system, encouraging the public schools to fight to get better. The left-wing sees them as a way to throttle teachers' unions, and perhaps try to work in some dubious curricula, like maybe bibles. So far, full privatization of government operations has had mixed results, mostly due to chasing every nickel of profit (as far as I can tell, private prisons has basically been a catastrophe). Has the court overstepped their authority? Or did they simply do the right/preferable thing here?