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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

September 25, 2012 at 6:16 PM

State and local Dems: no on charter schools

The state Democratic Party has joined 16 of the state’s smaller Democratic groups in opposing an initiative that seeks to bring charter schools to Washington state.

Along with the vote by Washington State Democrats over the weekend, Democrats in 13 legislative districts across Puget Sound also have announced they oppose Initiative 1240, which calls for allowing up to 40 charter schools over five years.  So have King County Democrats, Pierce County Democrats, and the Pierce County Young Democrats.

Washington state is one of a handful of states that don’t allow charters — which are public schools created through a contract that frees the school from many of the policies and procedures other public schools must follow.

Under Initiative 1240, the groups that apply to run charters must be non-profit organizations.

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