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May 6, 2014 at 7:03 AM

No Child Left Behind waiver: Charter schools might be the winners

In The Seattle Times’ editorial “State leaders should save federal education waiver” [Opinion, April 29], the editorial board blames the Washington Education Association (WEA), the teachers union, for the ending of the federal No Child Left Behind waiver because the union failed to cave to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s unreasonable demand to include test scores in teacher evaluations.

Holding federal education money hostage to this unreasonable demand is where the real fault lies. It is the federal government that is harming the public-school system and kids, not teachers or their union.

Even state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Gov. Jay Inslee are wrong when they blame the WEA. Dorn said, “I think the adults probably won this round and the kids lost.” Looking at the broader picture, if the WEA had caved, and this blatant attempt to discredit public education and its teachers had succeeded, vouchered private charter schools would be empowered to greatly harm public education.

If this happens, charter schools would not be held accountable like public schools. Charter schools would replace school boards with their own politically chosen boards with no public input or recourse.

Don Carmignani, SeaTac

Comments | More in Education | Topics: charter schools, Don Carmignani, Gov. Jay Inslee

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