SEATTLE — Dozens of people are bringing a variety of perspectives on charter schools to the state Legislature this week.
Despite the snow and ice, parents, teachers and education advocates from across the state made it to Olympia on Friday to express their opinions before the House Education Committee on a proposal to bring public charter schools to the Washington. Others who were snowed in submitted their ideas in writing.
Teachers and parents testified both pro and con. Many people expressed concerns about the proposal taking money away from traditional public schools. Others worried about whether the state was doing everything it could to make a difference for the lowest achieving students.
Some feel charters would be unfair because they would help such a small percentage of the state's school population. Others suggest getting rid of state rules that stifle innovation at every public school.