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

Why are the WalMart Walton’s spending so much money on charter school Initiative 1240?

…and they don’t even live here. Do they care about us that much? I don’t think so, even though Alice Walton, one of the Walmart heiresses, has donated $1.7M so far to the Yes on 1240 charter school campaign. The following post on the Walmart 1% website clearly describes what they are doing in our state. Endangering Public Schools “Before considering the specific goals and activities of these foundations, it is worth reflecting on the wisdom of allowing education policy to be directed or, one might say, captured by private foundations. There is something fundamentally antidemocratic about relinquishing control of … Continue reading Why are the WalMart Walton’s spending so much money on charter school Initiative 1240?

No on charter school Initiative 1240 talking points

“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

Policy Memo on Washington State Initiative 1240

By Wayne Au Dr. Wayne Au is an Assistant Professor of education at the University of Washington, Bothell, and he is an editor for Rethinking Schools, a magazine focused on issues of educational justice. He is a product of Seattle Public Schools (Garfield Class of ’90), and he earned his BA and MIT from The Evergreen State College. He also taught in Seattle Public Schools (including teaching at a program for drop outs) and in the Berkeley Unified School District before getting his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with a minor in Education Policy Studies, from the University of Wisconsin, … Continue reading Policy Memo on Washington State Initiative 1240

FUSE’s silence on Initiative 1240 is deafening

FUSE, an organization that describes itself as “the state’s largest progressive organization – people creating change online, on the ground, and on issues that matter”, has gone silent on Initiative 1240. According to their website: “Fuse is bringing Washington residents together to support progressive causes and leaders. We envision a world where people power our government and the common good drives our public policy. Our mission is to build a bigger and stronger progressive movement, increase leadership and accountability in politics, and improve peoples’ lives. Combining the power of the Internet with real world action and stronger communications, we bring … Continue reading FUSE’s silence on Initiative 1240 is deafening

Scrappy Seattle Blogs Scoop the Seattle-McKenna Times on Charter School Initiative News

Both the Seattle Education Blog and the Seattle Schools Community Forum have reported on the Seattle School Board’s unanimous vote this Wednesday supporting a resolution to oppose the controversial charter schools initiative I-1240. But over at the city’s only remaining print newspaper of record: Crickets — and problematic free ads for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna. The Seattle School District is the largest public school district in the state, making this resolution obviously newsworthy, and a significant vote of No Confidence in I-1240. Could the Times’ silence on the growing community opposition to the heavily financed charter school initiative have … Continue reading Scrappy Seattle Blogs Scoop the Seattle-McKenna Times on Charter School Initiative News

No on Initiative 1240 Fundraiser

The one and only fundraiser the METROPOLITAN DEMOCRATIC CLUB of SEATTLE is having before Super Tuesday will be for People for Our Public Schools, the campaign to defeat the flawed charter school initiative I-1240. Friday, October 19th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. At the home of Sue and James Tupper 5736 NE 56th Street, Seattle, WA 98105 Join Host Committee* Members Matt Loschen, Lucinda Young, Rep. Marcie Maxwell, Catherine Ahl, Louis Watanabe and the NO ON 1240 campaign in supporting this event. Please join us and bring your checkbook. Contributions of any amount are welcome. If you would like to be listed as … Continue reading No on Initiative 1240 Fundraiser

The Weekly Update: More on New Orleans, another one bites the dust, a Broadie that is, the Seattle School Board will be voting on Initiative 1240, be there, and more news you might have missed

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. First, some business. Seattle school board to vote on Initiative 1240 resolution Seattle School Board Director Kay Smith-Blum introduced a resolution against the charter school Initiative 1240 at the Seattle School Board Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday. The Executive Committee agreed to move the resolution forward to a full Board vote on Wednesday, October 17th with a recommendation to approve the resolution. As many people as possible should be at this board meeting. It is a critical vote and you know that the well paid opposition  in the guise of … Continue reading The Weekly Update: More on New Orleans, another one bites the dust, a Broadie that is, the Seattle School Board will be voting on Initiative 1240, be there, and more news you might have missed

Today is Money Blast Day in Washington State: Please help us stave off the billionaires’ takeover of our schools

It’s here – Money Blast Day in Washington State to fight off I-1240 that would establish charter schools. (Washington State is one of just nine states that does not have charter schools and we have voted – three times – and said “No!” to charters.) Bill Gates and the Walton’s just infused the Yes side to the tune of $3M (they are up over $8M total). It’s a David and Goliath fight that we intend to win but we need your help. The No On 1240 campaign is having a MONEY BLAST all day today to raise money for this … Continue reading Today is Money Blast Day in Washington State: Please help us stave off the billionaires’ takeover of our schools

Why Initiative 1240 won’t work for Washington State: The abbreviated version

Last week I posted The inconvenient truth behind Initiative 1240. It was thorough and detailed but doesn’t make for great soundbites so I have created a shorter version to refer to or use as anyone sees fit. Cut and paste away. Dora The only part of a charter school that is a public school, according to this initiative, is the use of tax payer funds. Initiative 1240 circumvents our State Constitution because it would set up an alternative state school system not under the supervision or oversight of the Superintendent of Public Instruction or the local school board. The Washington … Continue reading Why Initiative 1240 won’t work for Washington State: The abbreviated version

Keeping Washington State charter free: Contact Mayor McGinn about Initiative 1240

This just in. Right now on the NO on 1240 Facebook page, there is a campaign for all Seattle residents to contact Mayor McGinn and ask him to stand up for our existing public schools and oppose Initiative 1240. Here is the Facebook post: Mayor McGinn is ducking this issue and hasn’t heard from anyone about it. Let’s get him on record and let him and ALL elected officials know they need to take a public stand. They should not stand silently by and let this happen to Seattle public schools when they have the power to make their voices heard. Mayor Mike … Continue reading Keeping Washington State charter free: Contact Mayor McGinn about Initiative 1240