WASHINGTON STATE VOTERS HAVE REJECTED CHARTER SCHOOLS THREE TIMES

And for good reason – 83% of charter schools perform no better, or perform worse than genuinely public schools.

(Source: Stanford University CREDO Report, 2009, the most comprehensive study of charter schools to date.)

Yet, a small group of wealthy individuals & political lobbyists – a number of them from outside Washington State – still want to push charters on our state.

They paid $3 million to get this controversial idea on the ballot this November, hiring professional signature gatherers — not volunteers — and they continue to pour large amounts of money into the campaign. To date, they have spent over $8 million.

Clearly the push to bring charter schools to our state is NOT a grassroots effort.

WHO ARE THE CHARTER-PUSHERS AND WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO PRIVATIZE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

HERE’S WHO:

Bill Gates

Co-Chair, The Gates Foundation,

Chairman & co-founder of Microsoft, Inc.

Resident of Washington

Contribution to I-1240: $3.053 million

Alice Walton

Wal-Mart heiress, daughter of Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, Inc.

Resident of Arkansas

Contribution to I-1240: $1.7 million

Reed Hastings

CEO of Netflix, Inc., California,

Member of national strategy board for Rocketship Education, Inc. (a charter school company)

Recent member of Microsoft, Inc. board of directors

Investor & member of board of directors, DreamBox Online Learning

Resident of California

Contribution to I-1240:  $100,000

Paul Allen

Chairman of Vulcan, Inc. Co-founder of Microsoft, Inc.

Resident of Washington

Contribution to I-1240:  $100,000

Connie Ballmer

Married to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Member of advisory board, Stand for Children, Inc., Washington

Resident of Washington

Contribution to I-1240: $500,000 [Updated from original amount of $100,000]

Nick Hanauer

Venture capitalist

Resident of Washington

Contribution to I-1240:  $1 million

Eli Broad

Venture philanthropist / financier

Resident of California

Contribution to I-1240:  $100,000 [Updated]

Anne Dinning

Managing Director

D.E. Shaw & Co. Investment Management

Co-founder of Turnaround for Children

Resident of New York

Contribution to I-1240:  $250,000

Michael Wolf (married to Anne Dinning)

Co-founder of Turnaround for Children

Resident of New York

Investment in I-1240: $250,000

Mike & Jackie Bezos

Parents of Amazon, Inc. founder Jeff Bezos

Investment in I-1240: $750,000

Shannon Campion

Executive Director-Stand for Children, Washington

An Oregon-based national political lobbying operation bankrolled by the Gates Foundation (see here, here and here).  (Here Stand for Children’s CEO boast about its lobbying and union-busting tactics: Jonah Edelman Spills the Oligarchs’ Blueprint for Crushing the Teaching Profession)

AND WHO IS SAYING “NO” TO CHARTER SCHOOLS INITIATIVE I-1240?

Concerned parents, teachers, Democrats and voters, including: the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, El Centro de la Raza, Parents Across America, Seattle, Spokane and Tri-Cities chapters, Washington State PTA, the Washington Educations Association, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, Tacoma School Board, Riverview School Board, Renton School Board, Eatonville School Board, Evergreen School Board, Franklin Pierce School Board, Goldendale School Board, Onion Creek School Board, Seattle Public School Board, Seattle Public School superintendent Jose Banda, 1st District Democrats, 5th District Democrats, 10th District Democrats, 11th District Democrats, 21st District Democrats, 22nd District Democrats, 23rd District Democrats, 27th District Democrats, 32nd District Democrats, 33rd District Democrats, 34th District Democrats, 36th District Democrats, 37th District Democrats, 39th District Democrats, 40th District Democrats, 41st District Democrats, 43rd District Democrats, 45th District Democrats, 46th District Democrats, 48th District Democrats, King County Democrats, Pierce County Democrats, Lewis County Democrats, Skagit County Democrats, Mason Country Democrats, Whatcom Country Democrats. (For a complete list, see: No on I-1240 and People for Our Public Schools.)

VOTE NO on I-1240

WE NEED TO INVEST IN OUR EXISTING SCHOOLS

 AND GIVE EVERY CHILD A CHANCE AT A GOOD EDUCATION

-sue p.

Sources:

Well-funded charter-school initiative has nearly enough signatures to make ballot, Brian Rosenthal, Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018585780_charterschools03m.html

Bill Gates, other billionaires funding charter effort in Washington state, Valerie Strauss, N.Y. Times

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/10/12/bill-gates-other-billionaires-funding-charter-effort-in-washington-state/

Bill Gates & the Daughter of Walmart Founder Sam Walton Donate Big Bucks

http://washington.walmartcommunity.com/gates-walton-big-bucks-to-billionaires-initiative

Big Money Pushing for Wash. Charter Schools; Gates out in Front

http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/21163-big-money-pushing-for-wash-charter-schools-gates-out-in-front.html

Pro-Charter Forces Now over $8M

http://www.saveseattleschools.blogspot.com/2012/10/pro-charter-forces-now-over-8m.html

Charter School Scandals

http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot.com/

No on I-1240

People for Our Public Schools

This post has been updated to reflect the additional funds and contributors that were added after initial publication. The final total of private funding for the Yes on I-1240 initiative reached around $11 million, outspending the NO on I-1240 campaigns by 10-1. — sue p.

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