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 »