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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…

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0 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…

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0 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…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240, 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. 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 supportive. Most Seattle neighborhoods strongly opposed…

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

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…

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

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,…

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0 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. …

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

October 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Join us for live chat Thursday at noon on charter schools

Ballots are in the mail. Many of the statewide initiative campaigns are heating up. And you are invited to join us Thursday at noon for a live chat on charter schools, Initiative 1240. Should we or shouldn’t we allow public charter schools in our state? Many other states allow these schools. But Washington voters have…

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0 Comments | More in Education, homepage, Live chats | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240, shannon campion

October 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM

More donations made to pro-charter-school camp

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…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: campaign donations, Initiative 1240

October 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Charter school campaign receives sizeable donations

The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state received two big donations last week — $2 million from Bill Gates and $1.1 million from Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. Another $500,000 came from two New York residents, one of whom is the managing director of De Shaw and Co., a global investment and…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest | Topics: Alice Walton, Bill Gates, charter schools

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