WA State Charter Schools to Benefit from DeVos Largesse

The Seattle Times has a story about how Washington State charter schools are eligible to apply for dollars from a $20M grant that the Washington State Charter School Association will receive from the Department of Education.
To note, Betsy DeVos has been instrumental in sending out many more federal dollars to help shore up the starting-to-lean-like-the tower-in-Pisa charter school business.  Washington state was just one of five states to receive a grant.
Although they receive state funding for each child who attends, they do not benefit from local tax levies, which pay for school districts’ building and construction costs. Charters have to raise money for these and other upfront costs by fundraising, turning to philanthropists and seeking grants.”
The original charter law would have allowed access to local school levy dollars and luckily, that got changed. I’m glad for a couple of reasons.

Districts have to pay for these elections and there was no wording in the law that charters would have to contribute. Why in the world would they get the benefit of school levy dollars without helping to pay for levies AND going out to help pass them?

Also, the Gates Foundation has a non-profit group just for charter schools and their capital needs. I’m surprised the Times didn’t admit this fact into the story. Of course, the Foundation has its favorites so only those that Gates wants to see succeed get those dollars.

To note, Seattle charter schools can now access levy funds from the City’s Families and Education levy. That’s a fact the City would NOT admit during the campaign and one not noted in this article. Again, why would the Times omit information that would contribute to the understanding of the issue for this story?

Charter schools are not opening here in WA state at any great rate so all this “parents want them” seems to not be proving itself to be true. I am glad it is hard to open a charter school in our state because it protects us from money-grabbing for-profit management groups and shoddy schools as other states have experienced. There is still only one school district that has become a charter school authorizer, Spokane SD.


Anonymous said…
I have to say, given my impression of SPS staff/administration, I'm glad charter schools are a real option.

NE Dad
NE Dad, can’t fault you there.
Anonymous said…
Wouldn’t it be cool if David Elliot, a beloved principal for Coe Elementary, (when it was thriving under his steady guidance), and Queen Anne Elementary, that similarly thrived and grew under his leadership (despite being a start-up housed in temporary distant location before being moved into a less-than-adequate permanent facility ), got hold of this money and launched a charter?

David Elliot starting up a charter with this money would be great. And this from me who voted against charters and was staunchly against them. At this point, I see them as potential lifeboats to save a lucky few from SPS.

Last I heard he was working to launch H3 school in Bellevue (head heart hands).

Dedicated, hard-working, positive experienced educator like Mr. Elliot who delivered good results gets pushed out of the district by Sara Pritchett, but meanwhile Sarah Pritchett still draws her $185K annually - she, the executive director who most recently oversaw the buzzsaw destruction of Washington Middle School.

Who would you rather have your child under: taught by a teacher who reported to Pritchett or Elliot?

Here’s hoping Mr. Elliot can do something great for kids with these dollars. Have no idea what he is doing, but a parent can dream....


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Do stay on topic, folks. The Open Thread is always there for your random thoughts.

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