After pondering the events of my Yogi Berra thread where we learned that something is afoot about the charter school legislation AND that a better kind of "pilot program" bill has been reintroduced, I think there may be an opening here to get a push going this weekend.
My belief is that the original charter bill is dead. I can't find a listing for it to come before the Legislature under any agenda for the next couple of days.
But I also think there may be a truncated version somewhere just waiting to be tucked into a budget bill. I can't find it (and neither could the legislative help desk staff yesterday when I called) but it just might not have made it in yet.
If you do not think charter schools are a good idea for Washington State, I urge you to contact the following legislators this weekend:
Also, consider contacting your own legislators about this issue.
Ask them to say NO to any inclusion of charter school legislation in any budget proposal.
If you agree with HB2799, the newest proposal for pilot schools (low-performing schools paired with colleges of education over five years), include that thought as well. Tell them there are other options to charters such as allowing the two innovation schools laws AND the lighthouse school law passed last year the time to work.
If these legislators get a rush of e-mails this weekend, it may help guide them in these last couple of weeks of the session.