The vote was 22-2 and occurred last night.

The resolution can be found at this location.

I am having difficulty getting the approved resolution up so I will put up the draft as requested by readers of this blog:

Whereas section III.13 of the platform of the 36th District Democrats specifically opposes privatization of public schools, vouchers, and charter schools;

Whereas the voters of Washington State have defeated charter measures three times;

Whereas peer-reviewed research shows that charter schools perform no better than public schools;

Whereas charter schools often serve only a select group of students;

Whereas charter schools shift public moneys to private for-profit firms;

Whereas Washington State is experiencing a prolonged fiscal and budgetary crisis; and

Whereas charter school legislation would require substantial additional revenue;

Whereas children with special needs are rarely allowed access to charter schools;

Whereas students who do not meet school performance goals are “counseled out” of charter schools;

Whereas charter school populations are more segregated and less diverse than public schools;

Whereas charter schools receive public funds but do not receive local or state oversight;

Whereas the financial instability of charter schools causes many of them to fail and close creating greater instability in a community;

Whereas charter schools hire less qualified and inexperienced teachers to control their costs;

Whereas teachers are required to work longer hours and take on additional responsibilities with the same or less pay than their counterparts in public schools;

Whereas charter schools are more often than not motivated by profit rather than the students’ best interest;

Whereas many charter schools outsource the administrative duties to unknown profit making entities;

Therefore be it resolved that the 36th District Democrats censure Sen./Rep. ___________ for sponsoring/supporting/voting for charter legislation in the current session of the Washington State legislature.

[1] http://credo.stanford.edu/reports/PA%20State%20Report_20110404_FINAL.pdf

http://credo.stanford.edu/reports/National_Release.pdf

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/schoolchoice/documents/brief_conditions_achievementgains.pdf

http://www.susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=9501

[1] http://www.splcenter.org/access-denied/special-education-in-new-orleans-public-schools

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/10/06/new-orleans-accused-of-failing-disabled-students.html

[1] http://socialistworker.org/2010/07/15/charter-cooks-the-books

[1] http://nepc.colorado.edu/files/EMO-Seg.pdf

http://blogs.uscannenberg.org/julia_james/2010/04/ucla-report-says-charters-are.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-12-22/segregated-charter-schools-evoke-separate-but-equal-era-in-u-s-education.html

[1] http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/19/2541051/florida-charter-schools-big-money.html?story_link=email_msg

[1] http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/Newsroom/Releases/2011/CMO_11_11.asp

Post Script: I would also include reference to the NAACP resolution regarding charter schools that was passed last year, http://naacp.3cdn.net/ec6459eda5247ea257_d1m6bxsf6.pdf.

Post Script 2:

Please consider writing the Washington State Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education and letting them know that you do not support charter schools.

Chair

Rosemary.McAuliffe@leg.wa.gov

Vice Chair

Christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov

Committee Members

Steve.Litzow@leg.wa.gov

Tracey.Eide@leg.wa.gov

joe.fain@leg.wa.gov

Nick.Harper@leg.wa.gov

andy.hill@leg.wa.gov

Steve.Hobbs@leg.wa.gov

king.curtis@leg.wa.gov

sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov

Rodney.Tom@leg.wa.gov

On the house side, the committee on education contact information is:

santos.sharontomiko@leg.wa.gov

kristine.lytton@leg.wa.gov

fred.finn@leg.wa.gov

andy.billig@leg.wa.gov

sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov

connie.ladenburg@leg.wa.gov

maxwell.marcie@leg.wa.gov

john.mccoy@leg.wa.gov

probst.tim@leg.wa.gov

And for the Republicans, who do not publish their e-mail addresses, you can call Julia Kwon and leave a message, 360.786.7292.



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