Tomorrow, Friday, April 1st.
Ironic because it's April Fools' Day (but who will be laughing?)
Ironic that yesterday when Governor was signing the education opportunity bill to support more underserved students - he dubbed it the Student Sunshine bill, to try to wipe out the gray of decades and decades of injustice - it was at Aki Kurose Middle School. (That selection of school was not random; Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos of the 37th picked it.)
It's ironic because Aki Kurose was considered - just several years back - to be a "failing" school but now is a "growth" school with a steady rise over several years in test scores. As well, they have falling discipline rates. And, their principal, Mia Williams, was just named Middle School Principal of the Year for Washington State. All these things that charters claim just aren't happening in public schools and yet, there you go.
And think of what Ms. Williams and her staff could do with fully-funded education for the students at Aki Kurose.
Back to the Governor, what do I think he will do?
First, he won't veto it outright. He's a little too scared of the big money people out there and the idea of "closing schools" seems to give him the vapors.
And, since he said he will announce a decision, he's not going to just allow it to pass into law as he could have on Saturday.
What he's likely to do is split the baby.
Meaning, he will approve the bill but only for those eight schools. He will probably veto the part about expansion of more charter schools pending an analysis of the law by the AG or ask for an expedited ruling from a court. He's too smart to allow such a rushed bill that clearly has issues to just become law. (If that happened, I think we'd see it just get challenged again and, if more charter schools were open, then even more families would be affected. Who would want that?)
I would be okay with the split the baby choice because it seems fair and, anyway, I think the law is unconstitutional and will be found so.
That charter supporters seem to like this hamster wheel of spinning around in circles is odd to me but they do not appear to be able to write a constitutional charter school law for Washington State.