Correcting the Times gets tiresome but they just don't seem to want to get it right and/or be truthful.
Today there is a wag-of-the finger editorial to Inslee, et al. about the passage of 1240. The Times should not be telling Inslee what to do given how roundly they denounced him as a candidate. That said, I-1240 does put quite the rush on the State Board of Education to get its work done under 1240 as well as Inslee, Chopp and Lt. Governor Brad Owen to get their work done (selecting the Charter Commission members).
Lynne Varner starts off by saying people will be "watching" who Inslee, Chopp and Owen pick and she's right there. LOTS of people will be watching as well as asking questions. We will be able to know who every single person who applies is.
Here are my comments on the editorial:
First, many, many people will be watching and asking Chopp, Inslee and
Owens about their process for picking the Charter Commission. But you
need a BALANCE in the Commission and that means some objectivity, not
just charter cheerleaders.
Second, Gates and his pals put up $11M to win (not to mention the
money he spent getting it on the ballot). Those are long odds for any
group of parents and community to fight off. (And The Times loves to
say it was all the WEA and it categorically was not. I guess she easily
discounts the NAACP, El Centro de la Raza, the League of Women Voters
and the Washington State PTA. The rest of us do not.)
Also, the State Board of Education CANNOT authorize public schools
to convert. They can only authorize school boards to become
authorizers. Details are important but in Varner's rush to charters,
she overlooks those details.
And she fails to point out the really terrible part about conversion
charters - a small group of people can upend any EXISTING school,
failing or not.
Also, if she had read the initiative, Dorn DOES have authority over
charters in deciding on money allocations.
But Dorn is absolutely within his rights - as is any elected
official whose role under the Constitution is challenged or changed by
an initiative - to seek clarity in the courts.
Another falsehood -
"The commission will be under the governor’s office and will be held
Nope, the Commission's STAFF will be housed in the governor's office
but the Commission members are accountable to NO one, elected or
otherwise. There is no mechanism to remove a low-performer. Read the
And the artwork accompanying this editorial is apt - it looks like a
kidnapping note which is precisely what is happening to public