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Education Researchers Find Ample Evidence Public Charter Schools Can Help Our Students Do Better

SEATTLE – Washington’s voters will in November again decide whether to allow charter schools in Washington… The writers of the ballot measure that would allow the independent public schools to get a foothold in Washington say they designed their proposal to create the best charter school system in the nation. The proposal would open as … Read More

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Opponents’ Arguments Against I-1240 Don’t Pass the Straight Face Test

I was not surprised by the arguments against charter schools following the Seattle Times editorial board’s endorsement of Initiative 1240, a proposal to create 40 charter schools over five years. But I was surprised by how little the arguments have evolved over time. Here’s the top 10 arguments against charters and my counter argument. 1) … Read More

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The Seattle Times Endorses YES on 1240 – Allowing Option of Public Charter Schools Moves Us Forward

Public school students have different needs requiring different classroom techniques. That critical fact is behind the inspiration that launched public charter schools across America 20 years ago and helps explain the continuing success of many of them. Washington voters should seize the opportunity to bring charter schools to Washington state by approving Initiative 1240, which … Read More

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I-1240 is One Step Forward on Washington’s Path to Improving Education for All Students

Washington state’s education system must change in big ways — and it will, partly by stick and potentially by choice. The stick is the recent state Supreme Court decision in McCleary v. State of Washington, which declared the state has utterly failed in its paramount duty to adequately fund basic education. The choice is on … Read More

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How a Charter School Saved a Rural Farming Community

The town of Walton, Kan., cuts a modest swath through a rich carpet of winter wheat that stretches in green and amber patches toward the Flint Hills. … Along with U.S. 50, another vital artery, the railroad is a reminder that no matter how quiet its main street or stark the horizon, tiny Walton, population … Read More

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Tri-City Herald: It’s Time for Washington to Say Yes to the Option of Public Charter Schools

Usually coming late to the dinner table means cold leftovers and the good stuff already is gone. Not the case with charter schools. Being one of the last states in the union to consider a charter school provision means that Initiative 1240 is “the best charter school law in the country,” according to Washington Policy … Read More

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Everett Herald Says YES on 1240: Public Charter Schools are a Key Ingredient in Education Reform

Public charter schools, like religion and politics, should not be discussed in polite company (or at a union hall, a PTA meeting or happy hour for wonky foundation staffers.) Advocates figure to bleed money from a tapped-out system and change the architecture of public education, opponents claim. Opponents are labor diehards unwilling to yield on … Read More

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The Columbian Endorses YES on 1240: The Time Has Come to Allow the Option of Public Charter Schools

Considering that — as stated in the state constitution, and as affirmed by the state Supreme Court — basic public education is the state’s paramount duty, it is time for the people of Washington to approve the establishment of charter schools. It is time for Washingtonians to vote yes on Initiative 1240 on Nov. 6. … Read More

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Independent Policy Expert Dispels Myth About a ‘Trigger’ in I-1240

… Some of the opponents of a Washington state ballot item that would for the first time allow charters schools are pointing to that language and arguing that it would establish a trigger policy in the state, similar to controversial laws on the books in seven states. But backers of initiative 1240—and at least one … Read More

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Former PTA President: I-1240 Provides a Public School Option for More Classroom Flexibility

As a parent, educator, and former PTA President, I know that a one-size-fits-all approach to education doesn’t work for all students. Parents need more options to find the best learning environment for our kids, and students need more options to find the best pathways to success in school. That’s why I’m voting YES on Initiative … Read More