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Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland: Public Charter Schools Help Children Succeed

As a proud graduate of Tacoma Public Schools, an advocate for public education and an elected official who cares deeply about our city and state’s future, I urge you to join me and cast your vote for Initiative 1240. Studies show that public charter schools help struggling students succeed. It’s because of this simple fact … Read More

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The Olympian Endorses YES on 1240–Public Charter Schools Essential to Goal of Innovating K-12

The Washington public school system needs more innovation, especially to meet the needs of low-income, high-risk children from communities of color struggling in traditional public schools. Initiative 1240 provides an avenue for inventive approaches to education through a cautious experiment with high-quality charter schools. Voters should approve this initiative. Approval of I-1240 would permit the … Read More

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Spokesman-Review Urges YES on 1240—Teachers, Parents and Students Deserve to Seek Their Own Results

…[I]t’s time, finally, for Washington voters to approve charter schools by saying yes to Initiative 1240. Education is not about teachers, or schools, or school systems, it’s about children; students no more alike than the stubby snowflakes pasted to classroom walls. In recent years, we have learned more about how each one learns, and introduced … Read More

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Teachers United Endorses Initiative 1240, the Washington Public Charter Schools InitiativeTeachers Group Supports Measure as Effective Approach to Helping Struggling Students

For Immediate Release | September 21, 2012 SEATTLE – Teachers United, a young and growing statewide organization of teachers dedicated to improving public education, announced today that it has endorsed Initiative 1240, a measure that will authorize a limited number of public charter schools in Washington State. Teachers United also released a policy position paper … Read More

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Charter Success Story: Bronx Charter School Awarded Blue Ribbon by US Department of Education

The Bronx Charter School for Excellence won the distinction of being one of three charter schools in the state to win a National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education. BCSE won in the category, “Exemplary High Performing Schools” as opposed to “Exemplary Improving Schools,” though 40% of its students are “disadvantaged,” … Read More

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Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Urges YES Vote on 1240–It’s Time to Embrace the Option of Public Charter Schools

The top priority of most citizens in Washington state is to improve education. It’s the right priority. And this is why it makes sense for the voters to embrace Initiative 1240, which would allow charter schools to be established. Charter schools will not be a panacea that changes the culture and focus of mainstream public … Read More

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Seattle Business Chamber Endorses YES on 1240 to Improve K-12 Education

The Chamber’s Board of Trustees also adopted a resolution supporting Initiative 1240, which would allow a limited number of charter schools in the state. The Chamber has historically supported efforts to improve K-12 education in Washington state, and specific to [I-1240], members believe there is compelling evidence that it will provide parents and students with a proven alternative for education that already exists in many states throughout the country.

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Tacoma News-Tribune Endorses YES on 1240’s Public Charter Schools as Option Struggling Children Deserve

The measure would authorize the creation of up to 40 charter schools, public schools freed from many bureaucratic regulations. They are commonly launched and governed by teachers and parents who believe their local schools are failing their students.

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Seattle Times: The Achievement Gap is Real and Bridging It Requires Public Charter Schools

Washington state is failing too many of its 1 million public-school children. Despite an on-time graduation rate of 76.6 percent for the class of 2011, overall nearly one in four students do not graduate on time. Of those who do, too many are unprepared for college-level work. …

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State Attorney General Says I-1240 ‘Clearly Constitutional’

OLYMPIA — Charter schools would be constitutional in Washington state under the system proposed by this year’s ballot initiative, Attorney general and would-be governor Rob McKenna said Tuesday.