1240 - Still 600K votes still to count and it's down by just under 46K. So doable but the number crunching from the top counties where each side leads just don't support a win unless there is some big turn towards No.
Ditto on the race for Governor. The numbers are just not trending McKenna's way so I believe Inslee will take it. Frankly, I think that even though Inslee has been somewhat vague on funding issues, he is far less rigid than McKenna on education issues. And, the Legislature is going to have to do a lot of the heavy lifting of figuring out how to fund and enact the McCleary decision.
I do go on record here. Whether you like charters or not, McCleary should have been figured out and enacted BEFORE any vote on charters. We only muddy the waters by bringing them in at this point and that will be just one more issue that makes this a difficult process.
Good article from the Seattle Weekly's Nina Shapiro about the conversion portion of I-1240.
Hilariously the Yes side says the confusion comes from the movie, Won't Back Down. No, it doesn't because NO ONE saw that thing (and the box office numbers prove it).
The Yes side can say until the cows come home that "just" a petition can't convert a school. No one on the No side EVER said that, in writing or in public. It's part of the application process but there is nothing in 1240 that says that an authorizer can do to challenge it or reject it just on the basis on it being a conversion charter.
Meaning, if the petition is there, it's just one more thing on the authorizer checklist to check off.
Lisa Macfarlane also falsely claims that "It all happens in the light of day." No, it doesn't.
Neither the authorizer nor the charter group has to notify the school,
the union, parents or the district in any way shape or form.There is to be one public hearing for a charter and if you have been to any of the district's, then you know it can be as short as 15 minutes. They do NOT have to state if they are converting a school (and if you aren't savvy enough to ask the question, good luck).
I-1240 does NOT state what a charter group has to say (or not say) at a public hearing.
And that is why every single charter application will need to be tracked. You don't want to be blindsided if they come after an SPS school (especially if it is YOUR school).
Shapiro asks a lot of good questions:
But it certainly seems within the realm of possibility that a narrow
majority of parents or teachers might initiate a charter conversion plan
and get it approved. And then what happens to the, say, 49 percent of
parents who don't want to send their children to a charter? Where will
their kids go? To neighboring schools that are already maxed out?
What about future years? Where will upcoming kindergarteners in the
charter school's neighborhood be assigned given that the initiative says
that students can't be assigned to a charter, they must apply?
McFarlane says she has a hard time getting her "head around" all the
hypotheticals. We understand. So do we. That's why we're more than a
little queasy that 1240 might win without a general understanding of all
Wait a minute. Macfarlane is the one who told me that I wasn't reading the initiative correctly, probably because I didn't understand "legal" terms (and I can confidently state that the overwhelming majority of people in the room were not, like me, lawyers) and she can't wrap her head around the possible outcomes of I-1240?