As an involved parent of students who attend public schools, and as an active member of the Parent-Teacher Association both locally and statewide, I’m a strong supporter of our public school system and its teachers. That’s why I support a “yes” vote on Initiative 1240, which will allow more public school options for parents, students … Read More
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Initiative 1240 would allow Washington to participate in a small educational experiment. It would allow creation of 40 charter schools over five years, or eight new schools per year. They would be public schools subject to all the pertinent state regulations and academic requirements, but they would be otherwise autonomous, more capable of innovation and … Read More
As a Bellingham Public School District special education teacher and aide, I understand firsthand the importance of choosing and receiving the customized learning experiences that students with special needs deserve. Across our country, research has shown that public charter schools in other states do a better job than traditional public schools in helping struggling students … Read More
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
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
…[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
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
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
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.
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.