What's more stunning is what Superintendent Dorn says in his press release:
Washington state was awarded a grant to help support the growth of its charter schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced today.
The Department’s Charter Schools Program (CSP), which provides funding for high-quality public charter schools, awarded the grant. It will total $6,973,684 during the next three school years, starting in 2016-17.
“We know from the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision that schools aren’t being funded equitably by the state,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “And that includes our charter schools. They are relatively new for us and they need support and guidance to meet their goals. If the state is going to have charter schools, we need to make sure they are given the resources they need to keep providing high-quality education to their students. The grant will help that happen.”
The grant’s purpose is to support the growth of new, high-quality public school options, including charter schools, across the state. That will be done through additional professional development and for curricula and classroom materials, as well as for financial assistance to planning, design, and initially implement new charter schools in Washington.
“The law doesn’t allow for the spending of local levies on charter schools,” said Joshua Halsey, executive director of the Washington state Charter School Commission. “This money will help those schools increase student achievement of students attending charter schools, especially educationally disadvantaged students who have historically struggled in traditional public school settings.”
The grant will be administered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, the Charter School Commission and Spokane Public Schools.Charters aren't being fully funded because of McCleary? Yes, I think ALL the other districts and schools in this state are well-aware of under-funding by the State.
And, we all know that not a single charter school or charter group - not a single time during the last legislative session - raised their voice in support of McCleary. They will benefit once McCleary is (finally) funded but could not stand once in support for McCleary with the other public school parents who were down there with their groups, doing the heavy lifting.
No, they don't get local levy money because 1) that got taken out of the last law (and I am unaware of other states that even have that in their charter law and 2) why would charters get local levy money from levy elections that they don't financially support and that are themselves their own districts in order to have the autonomy they have a charter for?