What people are saying

People and groups across the state are speaking out against the proposed charter bill (SB 6202/HB 2428).  Here are some notable ones:

Governor Christine Gregoire

Why would we go down a path where there’s no big success to be had? And our voters have already turned [charters] down three times.” (refer to here)

State Superintendent for Public Instruction Randy Dorn 

“Washington has many very innovative schools in our state.  We need to encourage more innovation in our public schools, but any move to create charter schools should go to a vote of the people.”  (refer to here)


Shawn Lewis, Chief Financial Officer at OSPI, speaking on behalf of Superintendent Randy Dorn, “said that Dorn did not support the bill” (refer to here)

League of Women Voters

Ed Chair Catherine Ahl after charter’s defeat in 2004:  “Hopefully, this time the Legislature will understand this is the will of the people, and knock it off”   In 2012:  “There are many successful innovative and alternative schools as part of the public school system in Washington state.  Let’s encourage them and work toward full funding rather than be distracted by charter schools” (refer to here)

Washington State Democrats, King County Democrats and several District Democratic Organizations

“Washington State is experiencing a prolonged fiscal and budgetary crisis, while charter school legislation would require substantial additional revenue”


“The State and King County Democratic platforms oppose charter schools, because they are union-busting agreements that take taxpayer money and use it for private purposes, without elected taxpayer oversight by school boards.” (refer to here)

Washington Education Association

“The people of Washington are demanding full public education funding for their children and neighborhood schools.  Charter schools are a distraction from the real debate and not a full funding solution.” (refer to here)

Washington State School Directors’ Association

WSSDA President Mary Fertakis testified today in opposition to SB 6202 (the senate version of the charter bill).  Fertakis told the committee the bill goes too far, too fast. She said if it was the Legislature’s intent to pass a bill authorizing charter schools in Washington, then a decision of that magnitude should be sent to the people for a vote. This is particularly important when charter schools will be using public monies without locally elected oversight.  (refer to here)

The Stranger

“we’re wasting time talking about charter schools, which use public money to fund private schools with their own zany rules. It’s a reform thrice rejected by voters and with no track record of improving average educational outcomes.” (refer to here)

Parents Across America Tacoma

“This year, charter school legislation has moved front and center in the state legislature.  This important topic deserves immediate public attention and deliberation.  PAAT believes that innovation can be achieved within our schools without inviting the risks that accompany charters.   Tacoma’s public schools have been leading the way with innovative programs which are the envy of many other districts in this state.   PAAT believes Tacoma can build on these successes and become a model for other school districts. ”  (refer to here)

Parents Across America Seattle

“PAA Seattle urges lawmakers to focus their attention on adequately and equitably funding our public schools and not to waste any further time on charter school legislation.”  (refer to here)

Kennewick School District Citizens

The underfunded school districts of Washington state are doing more for the students than any charter can do. Individualized instruction according to “Response to Intervention,” which is in both Richland and Kennewick schools (I’m not sure about Pasco and the smaller districts) identifies students who need more instruction and provide that in the proper setting.” (refer to here)

Wayne Au, assistant professor in the Education Program at the University of Washington – Bothell

“we absolutely have to improve the achievement of African-American, Latino and low-income students. However, as the Washington state Legislature considers charters as a possible option in our state, I hope they understand that the charter school reform agenda is based on politics and not what works for kids.” (refer to here)


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