I told her it was vital to any discussion to have a basic foundation of knowledge or else people would be confusing each other coming from incorrect information. It does it all no good to advocate pro or con if we don't know the basics.
I also know Ramona Hattendorf who is the Government Relations Coordinator for the Washington State PTSA. At the PTSA listserv (that I receive), I noted a LOT of discussion around the charter school legislation plank for the PTSA this year as well as charter schools in general. I saw some misinformation about charters and ask Ramona if she might post my series just so that many of those PTSA leaders would have the basic information they need to make judgments. She wrote back and was non-committal.
Now I learn that indeed the Washington State PTSA Region 6 IS having a panel discussion but I'm not on it. I have no idea why this is but I would suspect that Ramona fears having someone who really knows charters from the con side.
In the interest of public information here are the details:
Tuesday, January 17th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School, 2101 S. Jackson Street
The panel is to be:
Ramona - no position stated so I don't know what her role is to be
Beth Sigall - Lake Washington School district PTA member, pro
Matt Loschen - Lake Washington School district PTA member, con
Olga Addae - SEA President, con
Robin Lake - Center for Reinventing Education, pro
Moderator - (the ever-great) C.R. Douglas
They also say "speakers may change" so I'll hold out hope that I will be on the panel. It's bad form to ask someone to give their time and then not even let them know before the event is announced that you changed their mind.
Questions: Ask Heidi Bennett who is the contact person for this event, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: I left something out that I want to go on record as saying. I believe the Washington State PTSA DOES support charters and WILL support any and all legislation that comes out of Olympia.
I've read enough of their listserv discussions to see the writing on the wall. Why they are doing this is a mystery but cloaking in "we're just providing information" doesn't cut it.
It makes me very sad as a former PTA parent and Board member to mistrust the leadership but when they don't truly ask parents what they think, they have no business going to the Legislature and pretending they do.