So the early Yes website was a placeholder and now there is this /http://yeson1240.com/. I tried some of the links but they do not work so it is not live yet. I'll be interested to see what they come up with for the FAQs.
the site appears to be live but I'm not sure it helps. Let's look at
- These schools will be subject to
oversight and public accountability, including annual performance
reviews to evaluate their success in improving student outcomes.
Again, that "strict oversight" comes from either one of two authorizers.
Those are school boards that have applied to be authorizers and have been vetted through a process by the State Board of Education and the newly created Charter Commission. The Commission does NOT have to be vetted by the Board of Education. Now, keep in mind, these people do NOT have to have any kind of education background so you'd think they would need to go through the process. But apparently being selected by the Governor, Speaker of the House or Senate President fully qualifies them.
And, as the Washington State School Directors Association, in their firm stand against 1240, have said, a charter can shop their proposal around if it gets rejected by one authorizer. Hint to charter operators - go to the Commission because they will be the ones least qualified to know what they are looking at.
- There will also be an evaluation of the charter school program after the
initial five years to determine whether expanding the number of allowed
schools is appropriate.
This is part of their "Get the Facts" which is interesting because you'd think explaining the accountability and how charters get chosen would be more important to voters than the fact that there is a way to have even more of them come on-line after five years.
- We’ve heard from opponents in the past that we should keep to the status
quo and let it work – and it does work for some students – but not for
Whaaa? Wait a minute, first the status quo is bad, bad, bad and now it works for some students? We actually DO have schools that are working well? That's quite a different tune.
(However, the status quo works both ways - 20 years and 41 states and charters STILL don't fulfill the promise of more innovations, better outcomes and more accountability. How long will that take?)
- there are four whole FAQs and guess what? Nothing specific. That's an interesting thing. The argument seems to be "other states have it and we should too."
There is nothing about current outcomes. Nothing.
There is nothing specific about how charters help struggling students. Nothing.
There is nothing about how charters would work in Washington State (because folks, what's in the initiative is what will be the LAW here no matter what they have in other states). Nothing.
How is it that you are expected to vote for an initiative with no specifics given?
It almost seems like they DON'T want to educate you about it. So charters will better educate some small group of students but you, the voter, don't get the facts to educate yourself on how that will happen?
You should wonder about any group that would push a law they don't want to explain.