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[WA] Referendum 55: A modest experiment
|Last Edited||Ralphie Oct 05, 2004 08:05am|
|Media||Newspaper - Seattle Post-Intelligencer|
|News Date||Tuesday, October 5, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Washington voters have a choice between paralysis and modest experimentation in public schools. |
State residents should approve Referendum 55, a law already passed by the Legislature to allow charter schools. On balance, approval of R-55 offers opportunities for improving schools, particularly in disadvantaged areas, with only modest risks.
The measure is on the ballot because the Washington Education Association gathered signatures to block the law passed by the Legislature and send it to voters. That's unfortunate. The Legislature did a good job of compromising to avoid problems.
The charter schools would have a strong degree of independence, while being part of the public system and receiving taxpayer support. The law makes it a priority to serve struggling students.