Shelley Redinger: A Bright Light for embracing charter schools

RedingerShelleyWashington’s new charter schools law is an exciting opportunity to provide a different learning experience for communities that need it. Many of the larger school districts in the state have been wary of embracing the law and going through the challenge of setting up the first charter schools.

The Spokane School District and its new superintendent, Shelley Redinger, have embraced the challenge. Dr. Redinger is very supportive of the charter school concept, having seen them work  in a previous job in Oregon. Spokane submitted the first application in the state to be a charter school authorizer.

As Dr. Redinger told a Washington Policy Center conference, “To have been in a charter school is to believe in a charter school.” We agree, and we agree that charters give the Spokane School District a lot to be excited about. For that, the district and Dr. Redinger are Smarter Government Washington Bright Lights.

— Rob McKenna

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Rob McKenna
Rob served two terms as Washington’s Attorney General, from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of consumer protections on the internet, in data protection and privacy regulation.