Over at the Washington Policy Center, their education person, Liv Finne, is claiming I am spreading "disinformation" about the support for charter schools in Washington State (specific to my column in the Washington Post).
I have to smile. I don't have to spread anything. What I wrote was factually true.
She does want to argue over why the two charter bills didn't make it out of committee. Her take is that the leadership "employed procedural maneuvers" to prevent a vote. (I'd say that's akin to what the WA State PTA did with their alternative schools resolution.) That's true but I think if the argument was valid, why couldn't they convince the leadership. If not, then fight to get new leadership, right, Liv?
She is also claiming I didn't put enough detail into the piece (like when the last vote was on charters which was 2004 and those are dog years to her). I can only say that anyone who has written for media knows you get a certain number of words and yes, some degree of detail gets left out.
And look at who she singles out for support:
The influential Washington State PTA voted
the week before last, in a nearly 2- to- 1 vote, 170 to 92, to make
charter public schools a permanent part of their legislative platform.
I would take issue that the state PTA is all that influential. I mean, I marched a number of years at the Legislature - we all have voted numerous times - and yet, education is still not fully funded. But they are good to use as cover and this is precisely what we all thought would happen if this vote went through.
She also cites Nick Hanauer's e-mail on how terrible Dems are on education. Yet, she doesn't acknowledge that what the road-kill Dems did - jumping ship from their own party - on the budget to try to get charters in.
She cites two "polls" showing Washington State voters want charters but fails to state that one of them was done by her own organization and was practically a push poll and the other one was also from a right-wing think tank. But I'm the one leaving out facts.
She ends on this note:
Washington has not deliberately said “no” to charter public schools, as
Ms. Westbrook claims. Reactionary forces have won a temporary victory,
yes, but the public and fair-minded legislators, Democrats and
Republicans alike, all want to lift the state ban on charter schools.
Washington’s students will soon be allowed access to this successful
option for learning.
It's reactionary to speak out? Funny how all this civility stuff keeps coming up and yet anyone not on their team gets called a name.
Bring it to a vote and we'll see.
But until then, we will continue to disagree.