I-1240 http://kuow.org en Public Hearings On Charter School Proposals Begin Today http://kuow.org/post/public-hearings-charter-school-proposals-begin-today <p>The Washington State Charter School Commission will host nine public forums around the state this month regarding the 19 charter school proposals it is considering. The first one is&nbsp; Monday afternoon in Spokane.</p><p>Each forum will focus on up to three proposals, and begin with a presentation from the charter applicants.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:27:31 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 26608 at http://kuow.org Spokane Only School District Seeking Charter Authorizer Status http://kuow.org/post/spokane-only-school-district-seeking-charter-authorizer-status <p></p><p>Thirteen Washington districts formally expressed interest in being charter authorizers this spring, but only Spokane applied to the state by the July 1 deadline. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:02:10 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 15990 at http://kuow.org Spokane Only School District Seeking Charter Authorizer Status Washington Charter School Commissioners To Be Announced This Week http://kuow.org/post/washington-charter-school-commissioners-be-announced-week <p></p><p><span lang="">The first members of Washington state’s new <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=28A.710.070">Charter School Commission</a> are due to be appointed Wednesday. </span><span lang="">The commission will be able to approve some of the 40 charter schools allowed under the law voters passed last fall.</span></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 02:11:05 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 9187 at http://kuow.org Union-Led Group Calls For Challenge To Washington Charter School Law http://kuow.org/post/union-led-group-calls-challenge-washington-charter-school-law <p></p><p><font size="3">A group that includes Washington’s largest teachers’ union has <a href="http://ourvoicewashingtonea.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/I-1240-demand-letter-to-AG.pdf">formally asked </a>state </font><font size="3">Attorney </font><font size="3">General Bob Ferguson <font size="3">to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s new charter school <a href="http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/FinalText_274.pdf">law</a>.</font></font></p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:40:57 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 8931 at http://kuow.org Charter School Countdown: What's Next http://kuow.org/post/charter-school-countdown-whats-next <p></p><p>The charter school initiative appears to have passed. The first charter schools would likely open their doors in Washington next school year, at the earliest. Here's the countdown of what's next. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 01:58:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 3540 at http://kuow.org Charter School Countdown: What's Next Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly http://kuow.org/post/charter-schools-initiative-passing-narrowly <p></p><p>The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington is narrowly passing with 51 percent&nbsp;of the vote.&nbsp;This was the fourth time the state’s voters considered charter schools.&nbsp;Supporters said charters would expand students’ educational options because charters aren’t bound by district or union rules. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:38:37 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 3137 at http://kuow.org Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly Charter Schools' Fiscal Impact Unknown http://kuow.org/post/charter-schools-fiscal-impact-unknown <p>If <a href="https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/press_and_research/PreviousElections/2012/General-Election/Documents/I-1240_complete_text.pdf">Initiative 1240</a> passes, public school funding would finance each charter school created under the law.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:14:05 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 2832 at http://kuow.org Grading The Charter School Claims http://kuow.org/post/grading-charter-school-claims <p>This fall, voters in Washington will decide whether to legalize charter schools in the state for the first time. Washington voters have considered charters three times before. But the details of charter school funding, oversight and independence can be confusing. So&nbsp;we took a red pen to claims by supporters and opponents of Initiative 1240, and gave each claim a grade to see who&nbsp;gets to go to the head of the class – and who needs to go back and check their work.</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:20:21 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 2053 at http://kuow.org Grading The Charter School Claims Seattle School Board Says "No" To Charter Initiative http://kuow.org/post/seattle-school-board-says-no-charter-initiative <p>The Seattle School Board said a unanimous "no" to charter schools last night. The board members approved a <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/school%20board/12-13%20agendas/101712agenda/20121017_Action_Report_CharterSchoolRes.pdf">resolution against Initiative 1240</a>, which would bring up to 40 charter schools to Washington over five years.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:52:16 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 1903 at http://kuow.org Seattle School Board Says "No" To Charter Initiative 10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign http://kuow.org/post/10-donors-funded-91-percent-charter-schools-campaign <p>The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state has now raised more cash than any other measure on the ballot.&nbsp;Donors have contributed more than $8.9 million to the <a href="http://yeson1240.com/">Yes on 1240</a> campaign. Of that, 91 percent came from just ten people, according to the <a href="http://www.pdc.wa.gov/MvcQuerySystem/CommitteeData/contributions?param=WUVTIFdDIDUwNw====&amp;year=2012&amp;type=initiative">Public Disclosure Commission</a> website.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:54:55 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 1868 at http://kuow.org 10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign Debating I-1240: Should Washington State Make Room For Charter Schools? http://kuow.org/post/debating-i-1240-should-washington-state-make-room-charter-schools <p>This November, voters once again have the chance to weigh in on whether to set up charter schools in Washington state.&nbsp;Forty-one states currently allow charter schools;&nbsp;Initiative 1240 is the fourth attempt since 1996 to pass a charter school law here. Supporters of charter schools say they will allow for more diversity and flexibility in education. Opponents argue charters lack a record of success and will mean a loss of revenue for public education. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 1776 at http://kuow.org Debating I-1240: Should Washington State Make Room For Charter Schools? Seattle Schools Chief Opposes Charter Initiative http://kuow.org/post/seattle-schools-chief-opposes-charter-initiative <p>Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda says he’ll vote “no” on <a href="http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/FinalText_274.pdf">Initiative 1240</a>, which would legalize charter schools in Washington state.</p><p>I-1240 would allow up to 40 charter schools in Washington state over five years. Proponents of I-1240 say it would give parents and students more school choice.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:54:18 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 1719 at http://kuow.org Seattle Schools Chief Opposes Charter Initiative