You may have heard of the Partnership for Learning, yet another business-based ed reform group. They have just put out a document called Examining Charters: How public charter schools can work in Washington State. It "examines" charters in other states and comes to the astonishing conclusion that we need them here in Washington State.
However, upon a quick read, I came upon a troubling issue.
It was written with the help of UW's Center on Reinventing Public Education. Actually, the whole thing was written by CRPE's staff.
Why is this a problem?
Because they reference I-1240 about 10 times as a good charter law and the entire document promotes charters.
That would seem to be UW endorsing I-1240.
Why is a publicly-funded university promoting an initiative? That would seem to be a misuse of public funds especially since the entire promotional document was written by UW employees.
Something to ask the State Auditor about, I think.