Just listened to Shannon Champion from Stand for Children talking about the charter school initiative on The Conversation. A couple of things:
- go back and listen to the
tape. She didn't answer virtually any of the actual questions that Ross
asked. You might want to keep that in mind going forward on this
issue. You won't get a straight, precise answer to questions like his question "can
anyone open a charter school?" and the answer is "yes, anyone who
follows the application process and has the background to open one." She dodged that one.
I have gone thru the initiative (versus the charter bill legislation
which is its template) - some interesting changes/additions/deletions
but plenty for folks to have concerns with including the very
controversial parent/teacher "trigger".
- There will be organized
opposition to this measure should it qualify for the ballot and it
will NOT just be the union (or union supporters). There are enough
of us - statewide - that have no association with the WEA and are going
to fight this on the merits of what it means to parents, students,
school districts and taxpayers.
I note that Ross tried to get her to
talk about costs and she dodged that question as well. This initiative will open a new
commission of 9 people (that will sit in the Governor's office and costs
for them paid out of the Governor's budget- a nice surprise for Inslee
or McKenna). Then there are the costs for processing the applications
(which can be sub-contracted out by the Commission - that was estimated
with the charter school bill legislation at around $1M a year).