The Washington State Charter School Commission (Commission) will be hosting two (2) public forums in July. These public forums are a chance for the parents, community members, local residents, and school district board members and staff to learn about and provide input on the proposed charter school.
Commission representatives will be in attendance. Below are the dates, times and locations for each public forum:
Summit Public School: Seattle #2
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015
9601 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
Charter applicants will provide a 15 minute for presentation. After the presentation, 45 minutes of public comment will occur. Individuals interested in giving verbal comment during the public forum can enter a random drawing before the public forum begins. Individuals will have no more than 2 minutes to provide verbal comment; however, individuals requesting translation support will be given 4 minutes to provide their verbal comment.
Individuals or groups wishing to provide written comment may send their statements by July 31, 2015 to:
Washington State Charter School Commission
P.O. Box 40996
Olympia, WA 98504-0996.
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(The other charter with a forum is in Walla Walla.)
I will note that both Summit and Green Dot had brought in supporters (some from out-of-state) to their forums and then had staffers take the tickets and they distributed them. I am going to ask the Commission staff to please not allow this to happen. I think whoever gets a ticket has to be the speaker if selected.
As well, the West Seattle Blog had this story on Summit's building at 35th/Roxbury. The Washington Charter School Development group (part of the Washington Charter School Assn) bought it for $4.75M. Interestingly, the Gates Foundation gave the WCSA $4.2M in Jan. 2014. The Washington Charter School Development group is part of Pacific Charter School Development. From their website:
NewSchools Venture Fund was instrumental in providing the seed capital
and expertise required to establish the organization. Since PCSD’s
inception, NewSchools has been joined by The Broad Foundation, The
Walton Family Foundation, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as
providers of project equity. Operational support has been provided by
these same organizations along with the Pisces Foundation, The Ahmanson
Foundation, and The Weingart Foundation.
Apparently, all corporate ed reform roads lead to Gates, Broad and the Waltons.