The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation

There’s a reason why Stand for Children doesn’t want to refer to the school conversion clause in Initiative 1240 as the parent trigger. If you Google “parent trigger”, articles come up about how it has divided communities, how it has been used as a tool for charter operators to take over existing school buildings and how it started with Steve Barr, then the CEO of the Green Dot charter chain to open a charter school in Compton amidst much uproar by the majority of parents using an existing school building. (Which begs the question, just where do Bill Gates, Alice … Continue reading The “school conversion” clause in Initiative 1240, the parent trigger and ALEC model legislation

Vote NO on charter school Initiative 1240 (pass it on!)

Friends, neighbors, countrymen/women! I urge you to join me in voting NO on I-1240, the charter schools initiative which is on the November 6 ballot, for the reasons outlined below. Please pass it on! My recommendation is to vote No on this flawed proposal which has been created and funded by a wealthy few, and whose core product is a very problematic concept with an extremely mixed track record. Even Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has admitted that charters have serious problems: “(…) unfortunately, we have far too many mediocre charters and we have far too many charter schools that … Continue reading Vote NO on charter school Initiative 1240 (pass it on!)

More information on the Walmart Waltons and charter school Initative 1240

Alice Walton is now the 2nd biggest donor to the Washington State charter school initiative at $1.7M. From the Walmart 1% website and posted on July 6, 2012: Walmartization of Washington Schools? Yesterday, the Washington Secretary of State’s office certified Initiative 1240 for the state’s November ballot. I-1240 would essentially permit charter schools in Washington, which currently doesn’t accommodate them.  The signature filing deadline was July 6; five days later, Alice Walton—who lives in Texas, not the Pacific Northwest—gave $600,000 to the pro-charter school committee. If passed, newly created charter schools would be exempt from some of the rules and … Continue reading More information on the Walmart Waltons and charter school Initative 1240

A call to action on the No on Initiative 1240 campaign and a video

Charter School Fairy Tales What do we want? DIRECT VOTER CONTACT! When do we want it? NOW! Help People for Our Public Schools reach voters this week and tell them to vote NO on I-1240! To paraphrase Mr. Rogers, YOU are the only YOU there is. And we need YOU to help us now!! 1. Phone bank – THIS WEEK Thursday Oct 25 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday Oct 28 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Two shifts  3:00 – 6:00 and 5:00 -8:00 p.m. – prime time to reach all those undecided voters with their ballots in hand! … Continue reading A call to action on the No on Initiative 1240 campaign and a video

The Seattle Public School Board says “NO!” on charter school Initiative 1240 and so does our superintendent

Last night the Seattle Public School board voted unanimously to pass a resolution opposing charter school Initiative 1240. Here is the resolution: A RESOLUTION of the Board of Directors of Seattle School District No. 1, King County, Seattle, Washington in opposition of Initiative 1240, which relates to the allowance of public charter schools in the state of Washington. WHEREAS, it is our role as elected members of the Board of Directors of Seattle School District #1 to support and maintain access to free and equal education for all students within our boundaries and serve as local representatives of the public; … Continue reading The Seattle Public School Board says “NO!” on charter school Initiative 1240 and so does our superintendent

Live “chat” online today at noon regarding Initiative 1240 with Wayne Au and Stand for Children’s Shannon Campion

On the No on 1240 side: Wayne Au, assistant professor in the education program at the University of Washington, Bothell and an editor of Rethinking Schools. He is the author of several books, chapters, and articles, and his research focuses on issues of equality and justice in education. On the yes side: Shannon Campion, Executive Director of the Washington Chapter of Stand For Children. The moderators will be Times reporter Linda Shaw and Joni Balter. You can send questions in advance to lshaw@seattletimes.com or jbalter@seattletimes.com. Check it out at noon today at the Seattle Times website. Dora Continue reading Live “chat” online today at noon regarding Initiative 1240 with Wayne Au and Stand for Children’s Shannon Campion

THE CHARTER-PUSHERS: WHO IS BANKROLLING THE $8 MILLION EFFORT (and counting) TO BRING CHARTERS TO WASHINGTON STATE?

WASHINGTON STATE VOTERS HAVE REJECTED CHARTER SCHOOLS THREE TIMES And for good reason – 83% of charter schools perform no better, or perform worse than genuinely public schools. (Source: Stanford University CREDO Report, 2009, the most comprehensive study of charter schools to date.) Yet, a small group of wealthy individuals & political lobbyists – a number of them from outside Washington State – still want to push charters on our state. They paid $3 million to get this controversial idea on the ballot this November, hiring professional signature gatherers — not volunteers — and they continue to pour large amounts … Continue reading THE CHARTER-PUSHERS: WHO IS BANKROLLING THE $8 MILLION EFFORT (and counting) TO BRING CHARTERS TO WASHINGTON STATE?

The No on Intiative 1240 campaign needs YOU!

The Walton’s and Bill Gates have just added more money to the privatization till for a total of  $3M from Gates and $1.8M from the Walton’s to the Yes on Initiative 1240 campaign. This has truly become a battle of the 1% versus the rest of us. From People for Public Schools: We are definitely in full “on the ground” campaign mode now – and we’re really rolling up our sleeves and getting to work!  There are several ways to get involved this week so please jump on in, the water’s great!! 1.  Phone bank – TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 10th, … Continue reading The No on Intiative 1240 campaign needs YOU!

The Weekly Update: Edu Bully Kevin Huffman in Tennessee, a few last words about the teachers’ strike in Chicago, cashing in on online learning and the web of ed reform

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed One item of business first. We have to defeat charter school Initiative 1240. In the right column of this page are the organizations and prominent individuals who have stated opposition to the charter school initiative. Please be among them. You can go to the No on 1240 website to get more information on charter schools and the initiative, print out flyers, get a yard sign and to donate to this grassroots, shoe string budget, effort. This will be the fourth time that such an initiative has gone to … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Edu Bully Kevin Huffman in Tennessee, a few last words about the teachers’ strike in Chicago, cashing in on online learning and the web of ed reform