Initiative 1240, the statewide measure to approve charter schools, was still too close to call Friday night. It was leading 50.8 to 49.2 percent, down a little from Thursday, when it had a full two-point lead The measure continued to trail in King County, with 51.5 percent of voters against, but was still ahead in Snohomish and…More
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The National Education Association, which supports charter schools in some states, has contributed $250,000 to the campaign to defeat a charter school initiative here, the campaign’s largest contribution to date. The NEA is the parent group for the Washington Education Association, Washington’s largest teachers union, and it has donated to anti-charter-school campaigns here in the past. …More
The money keeps rolling in for the pro-charter-school initiative, with another $700,000 in donations reported last week, following $3 million the week before. The latest donations include $400,000 from Connie Ballmer, wife of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, $200,000 from billionaire businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad, and $100,000 from Doris Fisher of San Francisco, who co-founded the…More
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…More
Teachers United, a two-year-old organization of about 250 teachers, announced Friday that it supports bringing charter schools to Washington state. In a prepared release, Chris Eide, the group’s executive director, said the decision to support Initiative 1240 was based largely on research done by a committee of 17 teachers. The group said its committee members were originally…More