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Tag: Washington Education Association


Would Innovation Schools be close enough to charters to get federal money (but not close enough to get WEA opposition?)

Puyallup Democratic Sen. Jim Kastama has introduced a bill he thinks will improve Washington’s chance of winning both federal Race To The Top money and grants for innovation in education.

First, however, he’ll have to convince fellow Democrats that it isn’t really a bill to create charter schools in Washington state.

The bill is Senate Bill 6596. It would create up to 20 “Innovation Partnership Schools” that would be independent of local school districts but would have to be sponsored either by a school district or a state university. Applicants would have to be non-religious non-profits.

“We have a lot of great schools in Washington,” Kastama said in a statement. “We just need a lot more of them.” Read more »


School unions, parents unite against I-1033

Since K-12 funding is the main way the state spends its money, public schools groups are among those who would be most affected by passage of Tim Eyman‘s latest ballot measure, Initiative 1033.

As school starts, education groups unite to defeat Initiative 1033

Eyman’s I-1033 threatens our children’s education — 9/8/09

Contact: Rich Wood, WEA
Kim Howard, Washington State PTA
Lisa Macfarlane, League of Education Voters

As more than 1 million Washington students start public school this month, they face larger class sizes, fewer teachers and less support because of state budget cuts — and Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1033 promises to make things even worse.

Teachers, education support staff, parents and school supporters are united in opposing I-1033, which would slash the state budget by nearly $6 billion in the next five years — on top of $1.5 billion in K-12 education cuts already enacted by the state Legislature.
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