Washington Gov. Jay Inslee took action on more than 150 bills this week, but not a measure to that aims to preserve the state’s system of charter schools.On Sunday, the bill will become law anyway.The measure, Senate Bill 6194, looks to solve constitutional issues with the state’s voter-approved charter-school law, which the state Supreme Court struck down in September.The court said that because charter schools aren’t run by publicly elected school boards, they can’t be funded in the same way as traditional public schools – a decision that threw the state’s eight charter schools into a state of limbo. Senate Bill 6194 aims to resolve that problem by funding charter schools through a separate account that contains state lottery revenues, instead of using the state’s general fund. Inslee faced a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Saturday to either sign the bill, veto it, or let it become law without his signature.On Friday, he announced had chosen the latter. place_quote3In a letter explaining his decision, Inslee said he remains concerned about whether there will be adequate public oversight of charter schools, but said he doesn’t want to see the schools shut down.About 1,100 students attend the state’s eight charter schools, three of which are located in Tacoma. “I am not not interested in closing schools in a manner that disrupts the education of hundreds of students and their affected families,” Inslee wrote.“...Despite my deep reservations about the weakness of the taxpayer accountability provisions, I will not close schools.”Unlike in Washington, D.C. and some other states, bills can become law in Washington state without the approval of the executive branch.During his 2012 campaign, Inslee opposed the initiative that allowed charter schools in Washington, citing similar concerns about a lack public oversight and accountability.Inslee had faced competing requests from charter school opponents to veto the bill, as well as from supporters of charter schools urging him to sign it into law.place_quote1A spokeswoman for one of the pro-charter groups said Friday that Inslee’s decision was a cause for celebration. Charter school parents, students and education reform groups lobbied hard this year for the Legislature to pass a bill to save the schools, which they said take an innovative approach to instruction and can help students who struggle in traditional public schools.“Overall, this is 100 percent about saving schools for kids and ensuring there are options for students across Washington state, and that’s the end result,” said Cynara Lilly, spokeswoman for Act Now for Washington Students. “I don’t think we can be anything but happy today.”Voters approved charter schools in Washington by passing Initiative 1240 in 2012. Some of the initiative’s biggest backers included Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, as well as Alice Walton, heiress to the Walmart fortune.place_quote2The statewide teachers union, meanwhile, opposed the 2012 initiative, and also fought this year’s attempt to save the charter schools.Rich Wood, spokesman for the Washington Education Association, said union members are disappointed the Legislature focused on helping a small number of charter school students this year instead of addressing the state Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, which found the state is failing to meet its constitutional duty to fully fund traditional public schools. The court has held the state in contempt over the Legislature’s failure to submit a plan to fix school-funding problems by 2018.“We remain opposed to this flawed charter school bill, especially at a time the state is being held in contempt of court for not fully funding K-12 public schools for all of the state’s 1.1 million students,” Wood said.In his letter Friday, Inslee echoed his previous statements that he is focused on improving the state’s education system as a whole.“I remain committed to seeing all of Washington’s K-12 students succeed,” Inslee wrote.