Parents know best, the WEA thinks it knows better on charter schools

It’s Round 2 of the judicial fight over charter schools in Washington. In a new wrinkle last week, a King County judge tossed several plaintiffs off the case, ruling that they don’t have standing to sue against public charter schools. Now groups like the Aerospace Machinists, the League of Women Voters, El Centro de la […]

McKenna on KIRO: Unions suing to stop charter schools, again

KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about the latest lawsuit to stop charter schools. The state teachers union is joined by other non-education unions in the suit to block state funding for the schools. Dave Ross: “Part of the problem, of course, is that these charter schools are not unionized. I know that’s one of […]

Charter schools now law – Cinderella edition

For this Cinderella story, the clock striking midnight was a good thing. With a tick of the clock to midnight on Sunday, Washington joined 42 other states with charter schools. Though we would have preferred to see Governor Inslee sign the bill (and provide those students that testified and rallied at legislature a bill ceremony) we […]

What happened last week?

State Rep. JT Wilcox shares his perspective on House Republicans’ united front during last week’s debate over the charter schools “fix” bill.

Charter opponents’ rhetoric shows why they lost

It’s a great day. After much turmoil, a compromise bill to save Washington’s public charter schools passed the House last night. Ten Democrats, under intense pressure to vote against charter schools, broke ranks and stood up for students on the bill’s final passage. We should all be thankful to them for following their conscience. Ignore […]

Charters aren’t an ‘experiment’; test scores positive

Tacoma’s two charter schools recently gave the News Tribune an update on their test scores and operations, and it’s positive news. These two schools are proving their value to Tacoma as alternatives for some families for whom regular public schools have not been a good fit. Of course, we call them charter schools, but for […]

Charter schools conspiracy, part II

We know charter schools are controversial to some. Especially to certain special interests such as the state teachers union, charter schools are seen as a threat. I have a hard time seeing why, but any part of our public education system that is beyond their control is obviously unacceptable to them. The charters law, before […]

Searching for a charter school conspiracy

Like you, I am often frustrated with how Olympia is run. While there’s plenty to improve upon there, however, one need only look at the way D.C. dys-functions and suddenly Olympia looks pretty good by comparison. Compared to Congress, there’s a lot of bipartisan cooperation in the Legislature. The egos are a little more in […]

Charters fix is easy; political will needed to do what’s right

A bipartisan group of legislators announced Thursday new bills that would allow public charter schools to continue receiving state funding. Although our state’s charter schools law was passed by the voters in 2012, the state Supreme Court declared their funding structure unconstitutional because they received money from the state’s common schools fund. That was a […]

Dem support for charter schools is growing

Hundreds of eager young students in bright T-shirts descended on Olympia two weeks ago to stick up for their charter schools. They met with legislators and testified in committee with smiles on their faces, but they carried a serious message: help save our charter schools from oblivion. Later that day, the state Supreme Court did […]