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July 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

State teachers union, other groups sue to stop charter schools

A coalition headlined by Washington’s teachers union has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a recently-approved state initiative establishing charter schools, the group announced Wednesday. The 31-page lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court earlier in the day, seeks to stop the establishment of charter schools. A state commission established under the initiative is currently laying…


Comments | More in Education, State government, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240, state teachers union

March 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Former Seattle School Board president, 8 others named to state charter school commission

Officials announced the nine members of the state’s new charter-school commission on Wednesday, taking the next step in setting up a structure for the just-approved independent, but public schools. The members, three each appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and state House speaker, will manage and oversee the state’s first 40 charters, which were approved…


Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: charter schools, education, Initiative 1240

January 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Dorn lobbies for amendment to charter school law

Randy Dorn, Washington State’s top schools official,  is asking state legislative leaders to amend the state’s new charter school law so that his office supervises the new schools. Dorn has repeatedly said he thinks the law, which voters passed in November, violates Washington’s constitution because it calls for the creation of a new, appointed charter school commission that would authorize and…


Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240, Randy Dorn

January 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Teachers union wants to help challenge charter school law

The state’s largest teachers union is exploring how it might help challenge the charter-school law that narrowly passed last November.  The union’s board of directors has committed to help fund a lawsuit, although it is not yet clear who would file it, when it would be filed, or exactly what form the challenge would take. Rich Wood, the union’s spokesman, said…


Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Protect Our Public Schools, Randy Dorn

December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Charter schools initiative proved divisive in King County

Washington’s charter-schools proposal was the closest among the statewide initiatives this year, passing with just 50.7 percent of the vote. Click to view full-size map. Initiative 1240 proved divisive locally, too, a Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote returns shows. I-1240 was opposed by a majority — 51.6 percent — of King County voters, while most Snohomish and Pierce County voters were…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240

November 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Charter schools backers claim victory in WA

The Associated Press There are ballots left to be counted, but backers of Washington’s charter school initiative have claimed victory. With about 90 percent of ballots expected counted Saturday, Initiative 1240 was passing with 51 percent of the vote — a 41,689-vote gap. There are about 315,000 ballots received statewide that have not been tallied. The initiative…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: charter schools, initiative, victory

November 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Charter-schools measure still too close to call

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…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240

November 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Final Washington Poll: Inslee leads narrowly, all initiatives looking good

Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are still locked in a tight race for governor just days before the election, according to the last Washington Poll of the season. Inslee, a Democrat, led Republican Mckenna 48.7 percent to 45.6 percent among likely voters, a slight improvement for him from his 1-point lead in the poll’s mid-October…


Comments | More in Governor | Topics: Barack Obama, Bob Ferguson, charter schools

October 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Another week, another million for charter school initiative

As the election nears, the campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state reported another $1.5 million in donations from Paul Allen, founder of Vulcan, Inc. and co-founder of Microsoft.  Allen has been a major supporter of past charter-school campaigns, too, along with his fellow Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. With $1.6 million in total in donations,…


Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest | Topics: American Federation of Teachers, Bill Gates, charter schools

October 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

NEA donates $250,000 to anti-charter-school campaign

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. …


Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bill Gates, charter schools, Initiative 1240

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