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Tag: charter schools

March
28th

Tacoma: School board moves ahead in process to become charter school authorizer

Even though it opposed last year’s initiative to allow charter schools in Washington, Tacoma Public Schools will now consider becoming a charter school authorizer – if only to gauge the pros and cons of the district’s potential role in the new system.

By a 4 to 1 vote Thursday, the Tacoma School Board approved sending a letter to the Washington State Board of Education that signals the district’s intent to apply to become an authorizer of the independently run, publicly funded schools.

But board members who supported the measure cautioned their action doesn’t signal they’ve changed their

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Nov.
1st

KCTS 9 Washington Poll: State’s independent voters favoring Obama, McKenna

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll released its second wave of results today, showing President Obama widening his edge over Republican Mitt Romney to nearly 20 percentage points, while Democrat Jay Inslee is very narrowly ahead of Republican Rob McKenna in the governor’s race.

Among the interesting findings is that independent voters are favoring Obama by 17 points, McKenna by 21 points, while in the attorney general’s race independents favor Democrat Bob Ferguson by 8 points over Republican Reagan Dunn, according to University of Washington associate professor Matt Barreto, who briefed reporters on the poll this morning.

That suggests McKenna’s effort to cut through Obama’s presumed coattails to capture independents and some Democrats is actually working.

Exact poll results are here
and should also be posted soon at the Washington Poll site and at KCTS-9.

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July
6th

Charter schools, Eyman tax measures file petitions; both appear to have enough signatures and would swell Nov. 6 ballot to six statewide measures

Backers of a charter school initiative and Tim Eyman’s latest version of a two-thirds vote requirement for tax hikes both met deadlines for submitting signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. Checking of a sample of signatures is needed, but signs point to both I-1240’s charter schools plan and Eyman’s I-1185 both qualifying.

Assuming that happens, the fall ballot will have six measures ranging from same-sex marriage to debt control and marijuana decriminalization.


Tim Eyman, second from left, preparing to turn in signatures Friday. (AP Photo, Rachel LaCorte)

The Office of the Secretary of State is reporting both I-1240 and I-1185 are in good shape to qualify because they both exceeded the 241,153 minimum – with I-1240 saying it has brought in about 350,000 and Eyman reporting he has 318,000.

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