From the Times:
A coalition of education advocacy groups filed an initiative this
afternoon to ask voters once again to allow charter schools in
If the groups can collect nearly 250,000
signatures by the July 6 deadline, the issue will go on the November
ballot, joining a slew of other high-profile questions.
Well, given that Stand for Children (and who knows who else) will be funded the signature drive, I have no doubt they will get the signatures.
initiative would cap the number of charter schools at 40, to be
established and approved by the state over a five-year period. Priority
would be given to charters that serve at-risk students or students from
low-performing public schools.
“It’s very unusual to be filing in May,” said Dave Ammons, a
spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office. “Time is very short.”
initiative was filed by Tania de Sa Campos, the chief of staff of the
League of Education Voters. She could not immediately be reached for
While I have no problem with the vote, I have to wonder about the gamble it is.
1) Voters have voted on this issue three times. I have to believe for some, it is going to be a major irritation to see it on the ballot again when there is no decent evidence charters work in sustainable numbers.
2) It's a big gamble if it loses. A fourth loss at the ballot box will stamp "loser" on charters in this state for a long time. I doubt if any legislator would dare bring them up again anytime soon.
3) Very crowded ballot. President, Governor, gay marriage. This could be a plus (people might get fooled by the "help the poor kids" line or they might overlook it. Again, a gamble.
4) The length and wording of the initiative. I'll go over that in detail but I suspect it's more of the same.