In Our View: Time to try charter schools


In Our View: Time to try charter schools

Efforts are under way to place an initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot that would ask voters to allow 40 public charter schools around the state in five years. Supporters have until July 6 to gather almost 250,000 signatures. It’s a worthwhile effort and a modest proposal, a mere foot in the door in Washington, one of just eight states that do not have charter schools.

Before explaining why this is a good idea, we will first point out that this is precisely why the initiative process is important in our state. The Columbian believes the premier function of initiatives is not necessarily to change laws but more effectively to force action after the Legislature has refused to act.


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Washington State Charter Schools Association

For their Community in Action Project, these PRIDE Prep Public Charter School 8th graders sorted 7200 lbs of potatoes and onions at Second Harvest Inland Northwest! ... See MoreSee Less

Did you know that Washington's charter sector is growing? We are on our way to 21 schools and 10,000 seats by 2021! ... See MoreSee Less

This Innovation High School honors biology class has partnered up with Spokane Riverkeeper to complete weekly recordings of sediment levels in the Spokane River and Latah Creek so that pollutants in the water can be measured. ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

WOW! Check out these Rainier Prep Public Charter School students in their recent production of Beauty and the Beast! ... See MoreSee Less

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