It’s my privilege to stand up for charter schools and students

Politicians tend to overuse some phrases. “It’s such an honor” to be part of this, “it’s a privilege” to do that. So considering I’m a recovering politician, you might wonder if I’ve lapsed into saying things that sound rote. But I mean it sincerely when I say it’s a great honor and privilege to represent […]

Hopeful kids and families a contrast to union’s cynical suit against charters

It was quite a scene in Walla Walla last week. There was a food truck, music, and balloons. And there were smiles, on a Friday night, from kids who are already looking ahead to the next school year with excitement. What was it? Well, it was a “signing event” for students joining Walla Walla’s new […]

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 […]