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December 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Charter schools: Shouldn’t all public schools be allowed to be ‘flexible’

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Some people would say that the myth about charter schools is that they are public schools. Initiative 1240 called them “public charter schools,” despite two important differences.

First, the “flexibility” referred to by the two charter school principals’ guest column [“Dispelling the myths about charter schools,” Opinion, Dec. 6] is that the charter schools are allowed to ignore some of the rules and regulations that public schools have to

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: charter schools, education, Mary Wallon

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…

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

December 19, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Charter school ruling

We need an alternative to our failing public schools

Hats off to King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel for declaring the charter school initiative constitutional [“A charter schools victory,” Opinion, Dec. 15].

Voters have finally seen the light and approved the initiative, which had been voted down twice in the past eight years. The Washington Education Association continues to fight the constitutionality of the initiative, and it appears that our public schoolteachers don’t care that 30 percent of students drop out of high school, primarily minorities in low-income areas.

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December 17, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Charter school funding

Will reduce class size and provide students with more options

It is clear that funding for charter schools is desirable. [“Charter school decision raises questions,” page one, Dec. 13].

The ambiguity of the judge’s decision will lead to more debate about where that money will come from.

I think charter schools should not get funding from property taxes. Funding these schools with property taxes is unfair because there are plenty of other sources of revenue for these schools. The idea behind funding public schools with property taxes is that local money goes to the local school.

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September 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

New Seattle law allows more charter schools

Charter schools are not a threat The state voted to permit 40 new charter schools over the next five years. [“Rigorous process ahead for charter schools,” Opinion, Sept. 25.] That is eight schools a year. The state’s teachers union is suing to overturn the law. Couldn’t that money be used more effectively by the schools? Eight charter…

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September 11, 2013 at 6:59 AM

The politics of race and hair at an Oklahoma school

Charter schools should be examined Lynne Varner’s recent column reminds us of the importance of culturally appropriate school policies and self-acceptance. [“The politics of a black girl’s dreadlocks at an Oklahoma school,” Opinion, Sept. 9.] However, when Varner states that “It is understandable why many black parents have trouble trusting and in turn investing in their…

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