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Public Charter Schools Are One Way We Can Restore Full Confidence in Public Education

I-1240 (creating a public charter school system): Some 41 states already have such schools. They came into being a generation ago in response to complaints by minority parents, in particular, in big-city school systems that their kids were trapped in bad schools and could not escape them without enrolling in private schools beyond their means. … Read More

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I-1240 is a Real Step to Bring More Innovation Into Our Public Schools

The education reform movement has been gaining speed across the country, and a pair of important ballot initiatives next week in Washington and Idaho will either extend or retard that progress. Evergreen State voters will decide on Initiative 1240, which would allow up to 40 charter schools over a five-year period. A mere 40 charters … Read More

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Op-Ed: Why Teachers Will Love Charter Schools

By Liv Finne Washington Policy Center Bob Dean is a public school teacher and a supporter of Initiative 1240, the ballot measure to allow public charter schools in Washington. He is the head of his school’s Math Department, teaches Advanced Placement calculus and is a past member of the State Board of Education Math Advisory … Read More

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The Yakima Herald Endorses YES on 1240 – A Tool to Improve Our Public Schools

… A charter school is a public school that is open to all students but operates independently of district management and administrative rules. The rest of the nation doesn’t share this state’s aversion to the concept; about 5,600 charter schools operate in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Initiative 1240 is a targeted proposal, … Read More

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I-1240 Draws Support from Former Charter School Opponent

Sixteen years ago, in another chilly October, parent and school-levy volunteer Lisa Macfarlane managed a phone bank for the anti-charter-school campaign. Back then, Macfarlane believed charters — the privately run, publicly funded schools that were cropping up in many states — would weaken the public school system she was working hard to strengthen. … Charters, … Read More

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Longview Daily News: YES on 1240 to Strengthen Teaching and Improve Student Performance

…[I-1240] would allow up to 40 charter schools to be instituted statewide over the next five years. Compared to the 2,325 public schools that exist now, it would be a small number of charter schools. The need for educational innovation is large, however, with study after study showing that too many students don’t graduate from … Read More

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Voters Should Approve I-1240 to ‘Create More Opportunities for Children to Learn’

… Charter schools are publicly funded, independent schools established by teachers, parents or community groups that abide by terms of a charter with a local or state authority. … Performance ultimately comes down to the transfer of knowledge from a teacher to a student, and the student’s comprehension of the material. Creating more opportunities for … Read More

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Beyond the Debate: Public Charter Schools Part of Overall Solution for Public Education

…[I-1240] supporters say Washington is ready now to join the 41 other states that offer families the charter choice. Voters will have a say, again, when they rule on Initiative 1240 on the Nov. 6 ballot. “Every family ought to have access to at least one good school,” says education entrepreneur and I-1240 backer Tom … Read More

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Kitsap Sun Endorses YES on 1240!

Initiative 1240: This measure would open the door slightly to publicly funded charter schools. If approved, it would authorize up to 40 schools in the state, operated by nonprofit organizations and overseen by a state commission or local school district. Our board recognizes charter schools aren’t a panacea, and that the proposed law isn’t perfect. … Read More

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Past Issaquah PTSA President: Our Kids Can’t Wait – Vote YES on 140

As a public school parent and a past President of the Issaquah PTSA Council, I know firsthand that our traditional public school system does a good job for many students but fails to meet the needs of far too many others — thousands of students are slipping through the cracks. It’s time to give those … Read More