Remember my thread about the list of who does and does not support I-1240? Remember how the No On 1240 group list dwarfed the Yes list AND had the biggest diversity of educators, parents and community groups? Well, consider the list of individuals, particularly elected officials who are, as private citizens, taking a stand against 1240.
I have written to many elected officials to not stand by and be silent. Any elected official who thinks they can be silent and think voters might not remember that silence in the future if 1240 passes - when schools have EVEN less money and non-failing schools get taken over by a charter - is wrong. And I will be the first to say it out loud.
What's interesting is if you go to either the No On 1240 campaign or the No On I-1240 campaign, they both have endorsement pages for both individuals and groups. The Yes folks? No such list; in fact here's all they say about their endorsements:
The Washington Public Charter Schools Initiative is supported by a growing bi-partisan coalition of education advocates, teachers, parents and community leaders, including Democrat and Republican legislators State Sen. Rodney Tom (D), State Sen. Steve Litzow (R), and State Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D), as well as the League of Education Voters, the Washington Chapter of Stand For Children,
and Democrats for Education Reform.
Of course, they leave out the business interests like the Washington State Roundtable.
I hope to put up the link soon to last's night debate because it was great.
My hat is off to the hard-working members of the League of Women Voters
who formulated clear and thoughtful questions. This was a
step-by-step "how will this play out" explanation of the initiative. I
had been nervous about an hour debate but it was well-worth it (and to
the Pro side half, Tim Ceis was nothing but a gentleman).
I bring up that debate in this thread because Tim did go on about charters being in 41 states. Okay, but WHO wants them in this state? Are parents clamoring for them? No, we all know that isn't true (especially given the heated debate when the Washington State PTA brought it up this past year). It certainly isn't true given their lack of endorsements from parents, educators and community groups.
So you ask yourself, who is really pushing this? I think the supporter lists speak for themselves.
Today, I learned that, as private citizens, both Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata and City Councilwoman Jean Godden, are going to say No to 1240 and applaud them standing up and being counted.
I urge you to tell the School Board (who CAN issue a resolution about this issue) to say No. I urge you to tell individual School Board members to publicly say no.
I know this is already true of Director Sharon Peaslee and Director Marty McLaren. I feel sure that others on the Board would say no as well (because, after all, Martin-Morris and Carr said no to charters last November at several debates so I would think 1240 would be a no for them as well) but I want to ask them personally.
Write to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. Urge them to take a public stand both as citizens and as a Board. They need to hear from you.