More Red Flags for School Board Candidate Omar Vasquez as Ed Reform Cash pours in to the Campaign of Charter School and Teach for America Candidate Vasquez

Independent Expenditure (IE) jumps into race for Omar Vasquez who is running for Seattle School Board, District 5. IE funded by those that seek to privatize education!  NO Surprise! On September 17, 2017 we alerted our readers to the candidacy … Continue reading More Red Flags for School Board Candidate Omar Vasquez as Ed Reform Cash pours in to the Campaign of Charter School and Teach for America Candidate Vasquez

OSPI candidate Chris Reykdal’s statement on the recent charter school grant to Washington State

We sent the following question to OSPI State Superintendent candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal: “Given the legal uncertainty of charter schools in our state, as head of the OSPI, would you distribute the Federal money to the existing charter … Continue reading OSPI candidate Chris Reykdal’s statement on the recent charter school grant to Washington State

Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

UPDATE: Two mistakes have been corrected from the original post. Voters for Washington Children spent $15,000 in digital ads AGAINST Luis Moscoso in the District 1 Senate race. In addition, Voters for Washington Children spent $10,000 AGAINST Branden Durst in the … Continue reading Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme

Charter schools: Back to court in Washington State

  “I’m just frustrated that we can spend all this time and passion talking about what we want to do for a handful of schools, when I am frustrated that we do not do the job we’re supposed to do for all the schools in the state.”  Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview Some state legislators worked really hard to pass a bill to fund charter schools where approximately 800 students are enrolled even though charter schools have been ruled unconstitutional in Washington State. The two legislators who pushed it the hardest, both Republicans, were Senator Steve Litzow and Representative Chad Magendanz … Continue reading Charter schools: Back to court in Washington State

McCleary Crime Scene Special Session Coloring Sheet

  art courtesy of Susan DuFresne As parents with kids in public school, it takes a tremendous amount of restraint when describing the just completed session of the Washington State Legislature. A profanity laced tirade feels justified, maybe even appropriate. How … Continue reading McCleary Crime Scene Special Session Coloring Sheet

Money for charters but nothing for public schools? It’s time for a recall in Washington State starting with Ruth Kagi

It’s amazing how some of our legislators can get real creative with funding charter schools but not so much with public schools. Ten Washington State Legislative Democrats voted to keep charter schools on life support by having these financial enterprises … Continue reading Money for charters but nothing for public schools? It’s time for a recall in Washington State starting with Ruth Kagi

Dear Liv: Yes, A Loss for ALEC and the Privatizers Makes Me Happy

The following is a response to Liv Finne, a Director at the Washington Policy Center which is a member of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, who published a piece after the Washington State Supreme Court brought down their decision that charter … Continue reading Dear Liv: Yes, A Loss for ALEC and the Privatizers Makes Me Happy

Why the Running Start argument should be a non-starter for reconsideration of Supreme Court’s charter school decision

After the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Plaintiffs in deciding charter schools are not Common Schools due to a lack of public oversight and therefore cannot receive public funding, the well financed proponents of charter schools … Continue reading Why the Running Start argument should be a non-starter for reconsideration of Supreme Court’s charter school decision

Washington State Charter School Lawsuit: The Details

I have posted below parts of the Complaint that pertain to the unconstitutionality of the Charter School Act. A summary of the lawsuit can be found on  the post Parents, educators, and community groups file lawsuit challenging new charter school law in Washington State. The complaint in full can be viewed at the Washington Education Association’s website. Dora Taylor Introduction of the Complaint: Article IX, section 1 of the Washington Constitution establishes that the “paramount duty” of the State of Washington (“State”) is to make “ample” provision for the education of children within its borders. The State must provide for a “general and … Continue reading Washington State Charter School Lawsuit: The Details

Another PTA Issues an Anti-Charter School Resolution

Resolution WHEREAS the Olympic View community believes that a vibrant, fully funded and supported, public education is fundamental to the survival of our democracy, a thriving economy, and our shared well-being. WHEREAS public schools in Washington State are suffering from underfunding, resulting in cutbacks of teaching and support staff, and increasingly inadequate instructional materials. WHEREAS the Olympic View community has done what it can to fill the gaps in funding needs, but cannot and should not be expected to fill all the gaps, let alone make the investments we feel are necessary. WHEREAS the Washington Supreme Court recently has ordered … Continue reading Another PTA Issues an Anti-Charter School Resolution

More Anti-Charter School Resolutions in Washington State

Since publishing Anti-Charter School Resolutions in Washington State Including one from a PTA, I have received word of four more. Three are to follow and one more is on the way. I will post them as I receive them. Dora From the Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle: Resolution for Continued Prohibition of Charter Schools in Washington State Whereas the platforms of the King County Democrats and the Washington State Democrats specifically oppose publicly funded charter schools and vouchers; and Whereas the voters of Washington State have defeated charter measures three times1; and Whereas peer-reviewed research shows that 83% of charter schools … Continue reading More Anti-Charter School Resolutions in Washington State

Anti-Charter School Resolutions in Washington State Including one from a PTA

Even though the House and Senate charter school bills both died in committee last week the battle still rages on. This in part due to Rodney Tom, State Senator for Bellevue, who halted the review of all bills brought into the Senate education committee because the charter school bill was not allowed review and also due to the continued push by Stand for Children and the League of Education Voters. All have vested interests is seeing a charter school bill pass in our state this year. Unfortunately their interests have nothing to do with our children. Several resolutions have been … Continue reading Anti-Charter School Resolutions in Washington State Including one from a PTA