Public education IS education and I learned some new things today. (If you already know this, power to you but I'm still learning.)
So technically, while the charter bill is in the budget, the bill itself has to be passed.
Also, if the Governor doesn't sign the bill, it won't pass and the money embedded in the budget for it lapses (and goes elsewhere). Frankly, I can think of many other education needs for nearly $800k.
So job one is to write your legislators.
Super job one is to write the Governor.
I plan on writing or calling every single day. FYI, they tend to get thousands of e-mails and phone calls; snail mail is a good option.
Her e-message page
Governor Chris Gregoire
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Call Governor Gregoire's Office:
Fax Governor Gregoire: