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. But charter schools have been approved in 41 other states, and we feel they’re worth trying as a new, potentially valuable option to improve public education in Washington. Vote “yes” on I-1240.