First Place Scholars, Washington's first charter school, has gotten a one week reprieve for its need to show the Charter Commission that they are stable and on-track. Multiple issues had been found by the Commission including services for Sped and ELL students.
Interestingly, former WA state legislator Dawn Mason, who now heads FPS' Board, has taken a tough stance against the Charter Commission, saying that the fault lies with the Commission, not FPS. Her thought pattern is that the CC allowed FPS to open too soon when they were not ready. (This, of course, is somewhat puzzling considering FS had been open for two decades as a school.) She says FPS was concerned and the CC is a late-comer to the issues at the school.
On April 5th she said this about the work to be done by FPS:
That will of course mean they have to give us time to raise funds, test
the new systems, stress test the structures, train our teachers to the
That does seem like a lot of work to have done by next Tuesday.
She even said:
It baffles us that the WA Charter Commission has shown so much bravado,
even suggesting that their concern for our brown, black and poor
children trumps ours.
Those are tough words. But the Charter Commission is calling this the last chance for FPS. So, by the end of the day next Tuesday, the Charter Commission will have to make a decision about FPS.
The Senate Dems in the Legislature released their idea on funding McCleary and it's a capital gains tax. At the same time, they want to reform local tax levies. The Times reports that their plan would raise $1.7B for K-12 public education.
It's a multi-layered approach whereby about 98% of citizens would see a property-tax reduction by reducing local levies while the capital gains tax would pay for higher teacher pay.
The plan does include phasing in of I-1551.
The Republicans are to release their ed funding ideas sometime today.
I agree (amazingly so but I think there is usually some common ground) with LEV who said at their website (this before the Dems announcement):
We must end the use of local levies to pay for state obligations to our
schools and fund a rational salary and benefit system for our public
I also note that the Washington Budget and Policy Center has a top ten list of why our state needs an income tax.
Number 2: Our poorest families also face a higher effective state and local tax rate than those living in any other state. (source: ITEP)
Number 9: Washington is one of only nine states that that doesn’t tax capital gains, or profits from the sale of high-end corporate stocks and other financial assets. (Source: "A Capital Reform" policy brief)