To my great surprise, she is one of the few to still say this:
Our law is one of the best in the country.What?
All of this progress was threatened last September, however, when the state Supreme Court ruled the initiative unconstitutional. This innovative approach didn’t fit into a 1909 definition of “common schools”, leading the court to conclude that the schools couldn’t receive traditional public school funding streams.Right, that pesky state constitution. Here's a thought - write an initiative or bill that is constitutional sound and you will have your charters.
And she makes the claim - without one single shred of documentation of data - that most of the charters are seeing massive improvement with their students. Saying something over and over won't make it true.
The arguments against public charter schools in our state are based on fear-mongering, not facts, and are out of step with the rest of the country. Public charter schools are no panacea, nor are they a replacement for the many amazing public schools we have today, including those that my kids attend. But shame on all of us if we let misinformation and interest-group politics shut the door on new hope and opportunity for the kids who need it most.That's the issue - there are so many facts you can put forth about charter schools that you don't need to make up anything. And "interest-group" politics? How about billionaires - including the ones that support her organization - not trying to shape American public education to their vision?
And, for the last time, when you hear that there is "fear-mongering," "why are people scared or afraid," you should wonder why you are being talked to like a child.
end of update.
I had wanted to post the plethora (no exaggeration) of stories about charters from around the country that have been stockpiling on my computer.
But I will update you about what is happening in Washington State. The Legislature is slated to end this short session a week from Thursday, March 10th. Tomorrow is March 1st and we can all do the math.
I observe that there are several newspapers calling for the Legislature to "fix" this "mess made by the Court." I have no idea why - from Congress to our own state - so many elected officials do not want to read and obey the constitution that they have sworn to uphold. The Court did its job. We all dislike some court decisions but we have chosen - as a country - to have the system of government and its three branches of government.
What's interesting is that there seems to be this thought that it's just about money. If only the Legislature could find the money. Wait, they did. Oh right, it wasn't just about the money. It's about local oversight and that's seemingly the tougher nut to crack.
On the one hand, there WAS a bill that would make only school districts authorizers and therefore, there's your local oversight. Problem is, that charter supporters know - that for several reasons - many districts would choose not to participate and therefore, charters would be out for some districts/regions in the state. I can see that point.
The current bill tries to end-run that by putting the state superintendent on the Charter Commission. That's not going to work as first, no superintendent would have time even for the once a month meetings (and I personally know how long they last). Second, Superintendent Dorn said he would just send someone. There's goes your elected oversight (Dorn sending someone is akin to the Charter Commission being appointed by the Governor, et al. Not really elected oversight.)
I believe that many legislators, especially Dems (and especially those up for reelection), realize that crunching together a complex bill at the last minute is not a good idea. And especially one that will be constitutionally suspect from the get-go. Why would someone vote for a law that will not have been fully vetted, only to see the whole thing back in court?
Now comes news that the charter schools are going to continue to keep their students out of school.
(Partial- this is from WSCSA or Act Now for Washington or one of those faux groups)
OLYMPIA – Frustrated parents are heading to Olympia every day this week to call on legislators to act quickly and fix the court-created mess threatening to close local public charter schools. Family members of students will camp out outside of hearing rooms and offices, demanding an end to delays and to talk face-to-face with legislators about how closing local public charter schools will negatively impact Washington students. In addition, on Thursday, 40+ public charter school students will join their families in Olympia in urging legislators to pass a solution to keep their schools open before the clock runs out.
Parents’ and students’ efforts this week follow the disappointing failure of the House Education Committee to move forward SB 6194, which passed out of the Senate with bipartisan support.
WHAT: Parents and students camping out outside of hearing rooms and offices in the Legislative Building in Olympia.
WHEN: Parents every day until the current legislative session ends or the legislature passes a solution to keep local public schools open. Students on Thursday, March 3.
WHERE: Halls of the Washington State Capitol/Legislative Building in Olympia.
AVAILABILITY: Parents, advocates and students available for interview upon request. Contact Cynara Lilly at (206) 915-7821 or Maggie Meyers at (724) 263-9826 for exact locations at specific times.
This is certainly what you would expect from any group with a passion for an issue. I would like to know how anyone can legally "camp out" in the Capitol. I would think that would be a safety hazard as well as unfair to anyone else who wants to do business in the Capitol building. I'll be interested to see if this is allowed because it would set a big precedent for other groups.
But I am surprised to see so many students out of school so many times and wonder how it can be said all this is educational for them.