Please call Governor Inslee and tell him he needs to veto this bill for two reasons. The legislature did not get any real work done on McCleary and the bill will likely not pass muster with the courts (and does he want even more families to go thru what happened to charter families this year?)
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Given how thoroughly they are debating the amendments, I would suppose, at the end of it, that the vote will be to approve this bill. I'm going to call it at 53 yay and 44 nay.
Amendments (I may have come in late as I had been tracking and waiting for hours for the session to start.)
So far there is one adoption and that is to make sure that the McKinney-Veto Act (for homeless children) is part of federal acts to follow. (Couldn't believe that the opposition even raised a voice against it but they did.)
Amendment on giving preference to at-risk kids. Opposition saying it would not "break up families." (Issue is giving priority to sibs and children of school employees.) This amendment was defeated.
Amendment on limiting charters to three per district to see impacts to both charter students and school districts was defeated.
Amendment to make charters inform prospective, new and on-going charter parents about any litigation that their school may be under. Adopted.
Amendment about correcting a mistake on Charter Commission. Turns out they did NOT mean to take out State Superintendent and Director of BOE (or reps). Gerry Pollet called it more a public relations commission than an oversight commission. Amendment was adopted.
Amendment to put a hold on number of charters to 8 to see if Supreme Court agrees with this "fix" so that many more charter schools don't get closed. Opposition says just a "veto" for interest groups. A lot of discussion on this one. Failed.
Amendment similar to the one above to hold at eight charters. Spokane rep mentions that Supreme Court got it wrong on governance re: their area charters (I would agree.) Failed.
Amendment on at-risk kids and charter schools must take any in that enroll in a charter. (Basically, charters have to open their doors to everyone. The argument against it was tortured and failed to see that it allows charters to NOT open their door to the very kids they say they want.) Failed.
Amendment because of an error made, funding formula for charters and public schools is equal.Adopted.
Amendment for hold harmless for school district if they start losing too many kids from public to charter schools. Magendanz says its not "unusual" for a school to vary by 100 kids a year. Very weird what is happening in Issaquah because if ANY Seattle school loses 100 kids in a year, it would be very noticeable. (To note, Seattle schools lost about 60 kids this year to charter schools.) Failed.
Amendment about charter school students paying for own costs to participate in district sports. I can't believe this wouldn't pass as the district pay for all the infrastructure. Adopted.
Amendment to have charter board members release financial disclosure conflicts. Magendanz says they aren't elected or appointed so not appropriate for them. (Handling public money but okay. Apparently I'm on point with speakers rising to support the oversight.) I am mightily impressed with Rep. Gregerson - she's bright and a hard-hitting speaker. Well, well, it got adopted by a huge margin.
Amendment on severability clause (it's 957 but I don't have it in front of me to read.) Failed.
Amendment on bill not taking effect until AFTER McCleary is done. This was offered by Rep. Steve Bergquist of Renton (also another good speaker.) Stokesbary says we can "fully fund education" but apparently he doesn't care when (and this from a guy who claims he has a lot riding on McCleary because he has small children so I suppose it's great for him to wait several years.) I don't even have to wait for a vote - this one will fail. Wait for it - yup, it failed.
Amendment 956 on removes emergency clause from underlying bill. Failed
Final vote on striker 6194 (the charter school bill itself) - probably passed (I got tired of listening to the speeches.)
Rep Springer said parents should have choice of teachers, curriculum and location of school - I'm glad he thinks that public education can afford that much choice and yet won't fully fund McCleary. Magendanz said that the members of the legislature may not always agree with voters but "want to try to enact their will whenever feasible." Arrogant doesn't not even cover this guy.
Rep Patty Kuderer, Bellevue, another thoughtful, smart speaker, worried out loud that more families will be left in limbo because this law will go to court again. She called for an amendment to constitution because of the difficulty to craft a law that will meet our constitution. She said something funny but got cut off.
Great, everyone wants to talk. Mainly an issue of choice for children of color/at-risk versus fully-funding schools (that's what the back-and-forth was.)