Why is Washington State Attorney General Robert Ferguson sticking his neck out for charter schools?

In politics, actions are everything. That’s why it’s especially interesting Attorney General Bob Ferguson has decided to defend charter schools AFTER they were ruled unconstitutional by the Washington State Supreme Court. Here’s the twist: before the Supreme Court made their … Continue reading Why is Washington State Attorney General Robert Ferguson sticking his neck out for charter schools?

The Kiss of Death to Public Schools: Bill Gates and the Dementors

This post was submitted by a contributor. I am clarifying this because Suzanne Estey, who is running against Sue Peters for Seattle school board, just sent out another nasty gram in desperation attributing this graphic to Sue Peters, Suzanne’s opponent, in an attempt to win her seat on the board even though she has less creds than Sue. This graphic was mailed to me by an opponent to I1240, the charter school amendment, and I chose to post it. For more on Bill Gates and his ideas on education, see: Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation The Weekly Update: Money, … Continue reading The Kiss of Death to Public Schools: Bill Gates and the Dementors

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

An Open Letter to Superintendent Randy Dorn Regarding Initiative 1240

Dec. 5, 2012 To Superintendent Dorn: Parents Across America of Washington State, the local chapters of the national organization dedicated to the preservation of public education, has concluded that Initiative 1240 is in violation of the Washington State Constitution on multiple counts. We therefore urge the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to pursue a legal challenge to I-1240, based on the following grounds: 1. I-1240 would establish a charter school commission comprised of politically appointed members with no election by, or accountability to, the general public. It would allocate authorization and accountability for charter schools to this commission, circumventing … Continue reading An Open Letter to Superintendent Randy Dorn Regarding Initiative 1240

A letter from one Washingtonian (DC) to his west coast brethren: Reasons for rejecting charter school Initiative 1240

The following post is from a retired teacher in Washington D.C. Charter Expansion (Ballot Initiative I-1240) Will Harm, Not Help, Public School Students in Washington State :  Insights from the Other Washington , the Washington (DC) Public Schools Charter Expansion (Ballot Initiative I-1240) Will Harm, Not Help, Public School Students in Washington State:  Insights from the Other Washington, the Washington (DC) Public Schools Charter schools are private schools on the public dole: Unlike real public schools, they are not obligated to keep and teach the students they enroll They boost their standardized test scores and graduation rates by transferring unwanted … Continue reading A letter from one Washingtonian (DC) to his west coast brethren: Reasons for rejecting charter school Initiative 1240

Walmart Waltons: The movie

Alice Walton has donated $1.7 M to Initiative 1240 which would privatize our schools. If the Waltons are going to determine educational policy in our state, we should at least get to know them better. WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE is a feature-length documentary that uncovers a retail giant’s assault on families and American values. The film dives into the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to fight a goliath. A working mother is forced to turn to public assistance to provide healthcare for her two small children. A Missouri family loses its … Continue reading Walmart Waltons: The movie

Seattle Times Buries Info that is Critical of Initiative I-1240

Over at the Seattle-McKenna Times, the ‘copy editors’ continue to allow errors in the headlines of stories that contain negative viewpoints on I-1240, the pro-charter initiative its publishers support. Take a look: The headline in yesterday’s Letters section about the charter school initiative(1240) erroneously lists the number for the legalizing marijuana initiative (502). See: Initiative 502: Charter schools in Washington state It’s hard to believe this is accidental. There are layers of editors and copy editors and the writers themselves who all could have and should have caught and corrected this. This is particularly suspicious because the Times made a … Continue reading Seattle Times Buries Info that is Critical of Initiative I-1240

Washington State charter school Initiative 1240 and the lack of accountability

Since 2007, OII ( U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement) has handed over $909,000,000 to state education agencies (SEAs) and others (non-SEAs) to open and run charter schools.  And true to the Wall Street philosophy of free and unrestricted greed, the OII has provided no oversight, no regulation, and almost no guidance for the hundreds of millions OII is shoveling to the corporate welfare kings who are operating these urban penal schools. Jim Horn, Schools Matter The proponents of Washington State’s charter school Initiative 1240 talk about how charter schools will be free of public oversight … Continue reading Washington State charter school Initiative 1240 and the lack of accountability

What would charter school Initiative 1240 mean for Catholic schools?

This post was provided by a guest columnist. Some Questions & Answers About This Initiative Q: What would happen to Catholic schools in Washington State if I-1240 passes? A: No one knows for certain. But Catholic school enrollment has significantly declined in every other state that has approved charters. In many states, the number of Catholic schools are less than 50% of what they were before charters were legally permitted. In many states, it’s very common for charters to move into the building vacated by a closed Catholic school. See Rising charter school enrollment seen as challenge for Catholic schools. … Continue reading What would charter school Initiative 1240 mean for Catholic schools?

The No on Initiative 1240 campaign needs YOU

From the No on Initiative 1240 campaign: Last week an unprecedented 20,000 Washington voters joined a state wide conference call to learn about the damaging effect I-1240 would have on our public schools. Despite a $9 million advertising blitz in support of I-1240, an overwhelming majority of voters on the call said that they preferred reducing classroom size over funding charter schools. By a whopping 3 to 1 margin voters also said they opposed using taxpayer money to fund privately run schools. With only 6 days left we need your help today to make more calls and get our message … Continue reading The No on Initiative 1240 campaign needs YOU

Maybe Representative Reuven Carlyle will reconsider his stand on Initiative 1240

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