But Springer does want charters to go forward but was worried if a second law was overturned, it would doom the whole effort. He is apparently trying to figure out a way to get local control AND funding AND state authorizations possible as well.
As I said before, that's pretty much a whole re-write of the bill. Is there time for that? Given the record of those who have been writing these initiatives/bills, I don't think so.
By the way, have you gotten your robo-call? After the third one, I called WSCSA and told them to knock it off.
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Update #2: Well, apparently Rep. Chad Magendanz has a bill, HB 3000 (sounds like a souped-up remote control) that would fund the Charter Commission (or the schools - the link to the bill has no info.) If we don't have charter schools, we don't need the Charter Commission. If we don't have charter schools, we don't have to fund them. We don't have charter schools or a charter school law so this is all puzzling.
Magendanz loves to try this last-minute hustle but I can't believe there can be any real justification for all this.
Update: AP is reporting this:
Committee chairwoman Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle, says she removed the bill from Thursday's voting list because she was still waiting for a work group report on solutions to problems with the charter school initiative, which was passed by voters in 2012.Wonder who that committee member was?
At the beginning of a committee meeting, Republican members tried to put the issue back on the agenda. But a motion to do so failed on a vote of 10-10. It required 11 votes to pass and one member of the committee was not present.
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The House Early Learning & K-12 Education committee was to meet this morning in executive session to discuss several bills, among them the charter bill.
From the WSCSA twitter feed:
6194 not voted out of house Ed. 500 kids and parents need a fix now and will calling for reinstating law at noon.
That's a bit weird that now they say there are just "500 kids" that need this law. That's quite a lower number than the 1300 that they have been throwing around at legislative hearings. (Update: it appears the tweet was unclear; they brought 500 kids to Olympia today.)
Also, how does the legislature "reinstate" an unconstitutional law? (Want to see the Supreme Court go over the edge? Basically ignored McCleary AND try some weird workaround to put back charters.)
My answer to that tweet is that there was a "fix" made for this year and these students get to be in their schools. As well, I actually tweeted:
It's important for children and adults to understand the law, the constitution and how democracy works.
Truly, it is and if ever there was a teachable moment for kids, this is it. Maybe the charter school parents will finally look around and realize that it is not the Supreme Court or the legislature that got them to this point - it's charter supporters who did not do the right thing - put forth a constitutional law.