Legislative Action Alert: Contact Washington State Committee Members Now

This alert first and then the next post will be the Weekly Update. I promise. The charter school bill is still in the Senate education committee as I write this and the following members are pushing hard for it. Please contact the following State Senators this afternoon and let them know where you stand on the bill. Rodney.Tom@leg.wa.gov Steve.Litzow@leg.wa.gov; king.curtis@leg.wa.gov; joe.fain@leg.wa.gov; andy.hill@leg.wa.gov; Steve.Hobbs@leg.wa.gov; Dora Continue reading Legislative Action Alert: Contact Washington State Committee Members Now

A Letter to State Senator Rodney Tom Regarding Charter Schools

Washington State Senator Rodney Tom was the sponsor of the Senate charter school bill. Representative Pettigrew was the sponsor of the companion House charter school bill. Senator Tom is also on the Senate education committee. Dear Senator Tom, I just read your response to (name withheld) inquiry about looking into the costs of charter schools, and even though I do not live in your district, I am a constituent of Eric Pettigrew, so I feel I need to communicate with you just as I have with him on this issue. You and Representative Pettigrew keep making the argument that “we … Continue reading A Letter to State Senator Rodney Tom Regarding Charter Schools

Legislative Update: The Charter School Bill and the Teacher Evaluation Proposal

As expected, several business interests including Boeing and Gates along with LEV and SFC have put a lot of pressure on our representatives to vote for the House and Senate bills related to charter schools and teacher evaluations. There is at least one more month to go and anything can happen. LEV and SFC, Boeing lobbyists and Gates’ folks have been relentless in their push for the privatization of our public school system and they get paid well to do just that so don’t expect them to slow down after this bump in the road for them. Still, the news … Continue reading Legislative Update: The Charter School Bill and the Teacher Evaluation Proposal

A Teacher Testifies in Opposition to House Bill 2426, the Charter School Bill

Eric Muhs, a teacher in the Seattle Public School district, braved the ice and snow on Friday, January 20th, with several other brave souls to provide testimony regarding House Bill 2426, the charter school bill. To follow is what he stated: Hello. My name is Eric Muhs. I teach physics & astronomy at Ballard High School in Seattle. I’ve been teaching for 25 years, and achieved National Board Certification 5 years ago. I work 70 hours a week, and was in the news last year for leading a group of students in placing an experiment aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. … Continue reading A Teacher Testifies in Opposition to House Bill 2426, the Charter School Bill

Serious Substantive Flaws With Charter School Bill HB 2428

A Parents Across America-Tacoma member provided this information on House Bill 2426 regarding charter schools. After reading this, please contact your legislators today and let them know that charter schools in our state are not a good idea. The list of education committee members in both the Washington State House and Senate are  listed at the end of this post To follow is the post: We have all heard the arguments for and against charter schools. Whatever your feelings on this hot button issue, there are substantial deficiencies in this particular piece of charter school legislation. If you support charter … Continue reading Serious Substantive Flaws With Charter School Bill HB 2428