Well that didn't take long.
Crosscut is reporting that the initiative is receiving a $4M boost from the Gates Foundation and $1M from Nick Hanauer (and I suspect the rest is from Stand or some other booster).
Oddly, LEV has nothing on its site about sponsoring this bill.
Bad news for Dem candidates:
Speaking of Jay Inslee, if the charter initiative does go forward, watch
for the anti-charters Washington Education Association, the teachers'
union, to match the charter camp in spending, which will drain a
traditional source of money away from the Democrats in the governor's
I think this assessment is true but that's what happens when people in political parties split over a single issue.
I wonder if people will have a reaction to that kind of money being spent on an education measure (either way).
I have read through the initiative which uses the charter legislation bill as a template.
There is some definite tweaking which I will have to ponder for possible outcomes. They did do some good things to make this a better bill/initiative but left in a lot to argue against. I will probably not say much at this point as I'm not going to help the other side out with their campaign.
There are some groups around the state joining together to fight this initiative. The WEA can fight it on their turf but it seems to be common wisdom that it will be the pro-charter folks against the teachers union. That might make for a good story but it will not be the case. There will be lots of others who have no association and nothing to do with the union.