Originally published in The Progressive: To Kill a Vampire: The Continued Resurrection of Charter Schools in Washington State Washington state residents have voted charter schools down three times. Twice, initiatives were placed on a statewide ballot—once in 1996 and then … Continue reading Round 2 in Washington State over charter schools
“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
The 36th Legislative District Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favor of opposing Initiative 1240 in a vote held this month. Unfortunately Representative Reuven Carlyle is not on the same page as his constituents. Maybe when he realizes that even his children’s schools could be converted into charter schools without his knowledge he might change his mind. Maybe when he understands what schools like KIPP are all about, he might change his mind. See Bay Area KIPP schools lose 60% of their students, study confirms and Study Finds High Dropout Rates for Black Males in KIPP Schools, regarding IEP students, “At KIPP, … Continue reading Maybe Representative Reuven Carlyle will reconsider his stand on Initiative 1240
“Funding proven solutions for ALL students, not unproven initiatives for a few” The above statement is from the No on I1240 campaign. A request has gone out to provide a short list of talking points for the No on Initiative 1240 campaign. I have borrowed heavily (meaning word for word) from Dr. Au’s post, a letter to be presented to Reuven Carlyle and my own posts on Initiative 1240 to distill down the main points into one or two sentences that can be used on any occasion. Please use as you see fit. I-1240 contains a parent or teacher trigger … Continue reading No on charter school Initiative 1240 talking points
Initiative 1240, which is a resolution to set up charter schools in the state of Washington, circumvents our State Constitution because it would set up an alternative state school system not under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, July 2012 Bill Gates and the Walmart Walton’s are waging a campaign against democracy and public education and for the privatization of our schools through the tool of Initiative 1240. Bill Gates, the Walton’s and others from the “business community” in our state, have financially backed a campaign to get enough signatures … Continue reading The inconvenient truth about charter school Initiative 1240
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
This is the first in a series of posts regarding the charter school bills that were introduced last week in the state legislature. The post to follow was written by a contributor. Dora Washington State voters have turned down charter schools three times in the past. Voters twice rejected charter school initiatives and repealed a charter school law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. The charter school issue is back like a persistent kid, not satisfied with an initial rejection of a request for something, who keeps asking until the parents wear down and give in. The … Continue reading Washington’s Charter School Value: Who Benefits?