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In Our View: WEA Targets Initiative 1240

Union’s challenge to charter schools seems to ignore message of the voters As expected, the teachers union has filed a legal challenge to Washington’s new charter school law, Initiative 1240, which was approved by voters last fall. The Washington Education Association was joined by the League of Women Voters of Washington and El Centro de … Read More

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Charting an Escape Route for Washington’s 14,000 School Dropouts is in Voters’ Hands

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda is a thoughtful man with a personal narrative indicative of the ways educational inequalities challenge American dreams of careers and economic stability. I suspect Banda believed he was being reasonable Thursday asking voters to put dreams of charter schools aside until traditional publics have had a chance to fix … Read More

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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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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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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