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The Washington Supreme Court to Hear Charter School Case | Seattle Education

The Washington Supreme Court to Hear Charter School Case | Seattle Education:



The Washington Supreme Court to Hear Charter School Case

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On Friday August 15th, the Washington Supreme Court accepted review of the appeal in the charter school case.  The Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  Additional details to follow as I receive them.
What we know so far:
The Plaintiffs:
League of Women Voters
El Centro de la Raza
Washington Association of School Administrators
Washington Education Association
Professor Wayne Au
Two parents of children in public schools in Washington State.
A coalition of parents, educators, and community groups filed a Complaint in King County Superior Court in 2013 challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 1240, Washington’s new Charter School Act.
The Complaint asserts that the Charter School Act violates the Washington Constitution by improperly diverting public school funds to private organizations that are not subject to local voter control and by impeding the State’s constitutional obligation to amply provide for and fully fund K-12 public education.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the League of Women Voters of Washington, a nonpartisan organization that encourages the participation of citizens in government; El Centro de la Raza, a Seattle-based group dedicated to social justice; the Washington Association of School Administrators, an organization of more than 1,600 school administrators; the Washington Education Association, an organization that represents nearly 82,000 public school employees; Wayne Au, Ph.D., an educator and education advocate; Pat Braman, a former Mercer Island High School teacher and current Mercer Island School Board member; and parents with The Washington Supreme Court to Hear Charter School Case | Seattle Education:

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It is by Tobias Wolff, and is titled Heart of Whiteness Wolff, who turned 69 in July, was born in Birmingham AL.  His older brother Geoffrey was a friend of James Baldwin. Like me, the two Wolffs were in Washington DC on August 28, 1963 for the March for Jobs and Freedom. It is a superbly written - and searingly honest - piece, for example: I lived in the South from the age of four through fourth




THE COMBINE: Coming to YOUR state… or is it already there? | Reclaim Reform

THE COMBINE: Coming to YOUR state… or is it already there? | Reclaim Reform:



THE COMBINE: Coming to YOUR state… or is it already there?

Who is responsible for the dismantling of public education, the closing of schools, the extremely expensive and useless high stakes tests and programs, and the dissolution of a truly competent workforce of career educators?
THE COMBINE.
Combine
John Kass, one of the Chicago Tribune’s right-wing columnists, named it that over a decade ago, and, yes, it includes Democrats, Republicans and Tea Party politicos.
“‘What do you call that Illinois political class that’s not committed to any party, they simply want to make money off the taxpayers?’ Fitzgerald said. ‘You know what to call them.’What?
‘The Illinois Combine,’ Fitzgerald said. ‘The bipartisan Illinois political combine. And all these guys being mentioned, they’re part 
THE COMBINE: Coming to YOUR state… or is it already there? | Reclaim Reform:

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James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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