Thursday, December 10, 2015

Continuing Fall-Out from Washington Charter Schools Situation

Update: the Washington State Charter Schools Association chimed in yesterday and boy, do they stretch the truth of the situation.

1) They have gone from calling the issue a "glitch" to saying:

Washington’s public charter schools are narrowing in on a stopgap solution that would keep eight of the state’s voter-approved charter schools open and public for the remainder of the school year while advocates work with the legislature on a permanent fix that reflects the will of the voters.

Oh, so now it's a "stopgap" measure until there is a "permanent fix."  Then they go right back to calling it a "glitch." 

2) They call the Supreme Court decision "foolish." 

3) They mention the "partnering" with Mary Walker SD (which it really isn't) and don't mention how it got to the district of a former Charter Commission who is the superintendent of that district.

4) They also claim that the current schools are "delivering successful education programs" with zero evidence. Are they open? Yes. Are some students and parents happy? Yes.  Maybe you could call that "successful."

5) They say that the fix would have to "reinstate" the WA Charter Commission.

I hate to tell them but their idea that they can go from charter schools to tutoring institutions and back to charter schools is going to be a big add to any charter law (because it's not in there now.)  That's going to take some mighty tricky wordsmithing in the revised law. Good luck with that because I suspect that is what will put this back into the court system.

end of update

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin is reporting that Willow Academy, which was approved by the Charter Commission to open in Fall 2016, is now unlikely to open. Depending on what happens in the Legislature, they may try to open in Fall 2017.

Also, a well-placed source has told me that Dr. Linda Whitehead, the principal at First Place Scholars, has been asked to resign.  My source did not know the reason.  I previously reported that another source said that First Place may be attempting to go back to being a private school. 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Also, a well-placed source has told me that Dr. Linda Whitehead, the principal at First Place Scholars, has been asked to resign."

Just another breech of privacy on save Seattle schools .

Some people say...

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Anonymous said...

First Place serves Seattle-area families with children under age 18 whose lives are unstable due to a wide variety of issues including domestic violence, mental illness of a parent, poverty, sexual abuse, substance abuse by a parent, foster care or recent incarceration of a parent.

It's disturbing why anyone would interfere with FPS school. I'm voting no on any school levies going forward unless they include funding for FPS school.

PC NOMORE

Melissa Westbrook said...

She a public school principal. It's news. It's not a "breech" nor is it a breach. (But if was, it would be a breach.)

PC, First Place Scholars is a charter school and unaffiliated with SPS.

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seattle citizen said...

I do hope First Place finds its way back from the charter fiasco. For decades, they provided needed services to needy students in a collaborative way with SPS. Then they fell for the charter claptrap.
I wish them well and hope the can be brought back to reality.

Anonymous said...

No they didn't fall for a claptrap.....they hit a wall of desperation caused by many poor decisions made by SPS and the continued incompetence of SPS's administration.


PC NOMORE


Melissa Westbrook said...

PC, that's kind of cryptic since, as I said, SPS has very little to do with First Place. Could you elaborate?