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20,000 participate in I-1240 telephone town hall

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on Oct. 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm with 4 Comments »
October 30, 2012 3:22 pm

Opponents of the charter school initiative, I-1240, said that 20,000 Washington voters joined a statewide conference call last week to learn about the proposal facing voters Nov. 6.

People for Our Public Schools, which opposes the initiative, asked voters who called in to weigh in on several questions.

Here are some of the results, reported by People for Our Public Schools:
Which of the following do you feel should be the top priority for funding?
Restore art, music and similar enrichment courses: 26.83%
Create a system of charter schools in Washington: 12.67%
Reduce classroom overcrowding: 50.83%
Provide all-day kindergarten in all districts: 9.67%

Speakers representing the Washington State School Directors’ Association, El Centro de la Raza, the League of Women Voters, the Association of Washington School Principals and elementary school teachers said I-1240 would hurt students and cut millions from school budgets.

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  1. It’s not possible to open new schools without more money unless you thin the services available for the kids at our neighborhood schools, or close them. This is no way to solve our problems. Initiative 1240 will drain millions from our public schools to serve very few students, and do nothing for the other 99%.

  2. jamesbauckman says:

    To address the comments of Serendipity, if that’s your real name. Over $3 million dollars will be used to create the Charter authorization board which will come out of the schools budget. The money that follows the child will come out of the public school they are in and then go into the privately managed charter school that they would go to. If enough students left the local public school district, the public school would not have the resources to continue operating the school, therefore closing the local neighborhood or community school. then the whole option of “choice” is gone leaving the local students only the choice of the charter school. If that school then fails, what happens next? The school in that community would then be closed. THe thing is, where the schools are located and who goes to the schools will be decided by lottery. Therefore, schools, districts and children who are in need of assistance, may not get it because its the luck of the draw who gets a charter school or gets into one. We are not against charters, we are against pro-corporate initiatives like this that remove regulations from schools including not requiring the principals are certified and removing collective bargaining rights from these school except within an individual school, which is not a very large collection to bargain with. So I would like to say that Initiative 1240 is a bad initiative for our taxpayers, children, teachers, school and state. I would like to see legislators working with school admin, unions, teachers, parents and anyone else with a vested interest in our children come together and find a solution to our education problems, which are a very real threat. This initiative will not help matters at all. What we need are our best minds coming together to address the real problem, inequity for students in poor districts and inadequate funding for our schools. Let’s train our teachers, administrators, and para-educators all on Response to Intervention techniques and fully fund the interventions. Lets train everyone in PLCs or professional learning communities. These are all things that are working and creating world class schools and districts. Say no to I 1240!

  3. tacomanorske says:

    WA public school students are not failing as the yes on 1240 people repeat ad nauseum. Especially here in Tacoma where we have 12 innovative public schools that offer students an alternative to the general curriculum and schedule of the regular public schools. instead of undermining our public school system, lets promote more innovative school zones, like we hace here in Tacoma.

    On average, WA students lead the nation on SAT scores, when compared to other states who had >45% of students tested. http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2011/SATScores.aspx

    This does not mean that us No 1240 folks want status quo. We know that our public schools have problems: underfunding and overcrowding. WA schools on acerage have the fourth largest class sizes in the nation. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d11/tables/dt11_071.asp
    The state supreme court said that the legislature has not been fully funding our schools.

    This initiative would not help with either of those problems. It would create more underfunded schools. Instead, lets make the legislature fully fund our existing schools like they are constituionally required too. With full funding we could restore music, art and enrichment programs for all of our students. We could have smaller class sizes so that our teachers could spend more time on teaching and less time on crowd control. Lets strive for solutions that will help all of our public school students.

  4. mahinaokeiki says:

    Your vote is “for” or “against” a very badly written initiative. If the initiative passes, it will negatively impact our neighborhood schools and only help a small fraction of the students who enter and win the charter school lottery for admission/enrollment. We must not burden our underfunded education system with more than it can handle just to help a few students. Let’s find solutions which help ALL of our students.

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