If you were a prominent education advocacy group and you joined a coalition of groups for a major initiative to be put on the ballot in November, don't you think you might actually have some information on your website? I mean given your address is the address of record and your chief of staff is the public info contact for the initiative.
Not LEV. Odd.
So the News Tribune has a good story with both press releases from the coalition group and the WEA. I had to smile at Rep. Pettigrew's statement:
“This initiative will finally bring Washington into the 21st century in
terms of educational opportunities for public school students,”
Charter schools are the most cutting edge thing you can do in education today? If that's true, we're in real trouble.
What I didn't realize (and this is useful) is how tight the timing is to get the signatures (so that means spending a heck of a lot of money just to get on the ballot):
Supporters acknowledge they won’t be able to start gathering
signatures for about a month, giving them just a couple weeks to
canvass. That’s not much time, unless supporters are willing to spend
money at Costco-like levels.
Fleshed out at the Secretary of State's office, it sounds like this:
It takes several weeks to process an initiative and for the
Attorney General’s Office to prepare a ballot title. Challengers then
would have one week to ask Thurston County Superior Court for changes in
the ballot title. After that, sponsors would be able to print
petitions sheets and circulate them.
So they probably won't be able to start the petition going until maybe, late June and the deadline is July 6th. I can say with certainty that there will be that one week lost where a challenger will step up for changes in the ballot title.