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The charter school crowd now wants to hold McCleary hostage

Dangling carrot

So, because the charter school operators opened charter schools before a judgement came down from the Supreme Court and they refuse to allow public oversight of their charter chains although they would be using millions of taxpayer dollars as they see fit, they have decided to hold adequately funding all public schools hostage because they didn’t get their way.

This from State Representative Chad Magendanz Facebook page:

Chad Magendanz

Chad Magendanz Let me be clear: The biggest political obstacle to wrapping up McCleary right now is a charter school fix. If the Speaker won’t allow a vote, McCleary doesn’t have a chance. Is the teachers union willing to risk $3 billion per biennium just so that 1300 at-risk kids have fewer options?

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Mr. Magendanz is not a friend of public education.

For those who don’t know who Representative Chad Magendanz is, he has been funded for the last six years by Stand for Children and the Gates funded League of Education Voters (LEV).

For more on Chad Magendanz, see  The Washington PTA Stacks the Deck Towards Charter SchoolsStand for Children, School Board Elections, Washington State PTA and Charter SchoolsThe Washington State PTA and the Lack of TransparencyCharter School MythsThe Washington State PTA Convention: Be ThereCan’t get a straight answer from the Washington State PTAThe Washington State PTA, the League of Education Voters and Stand for Children : The Unholy Trinity.

It will be another interesting legislative session in January.

Dora Taylor

7 comments on “The charter school crowd now wants to hold McCleary hostage

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  4. Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene
    November 25, 2015

    The nice thing about these billionaire funded politicos like Magendanz is that their right-wing rhetoric is so predictable. These privatizers always repeat the same message, regardless of how discredited it may be.

    • ciedie aech
      March 9, 2016

      They repeat it, and rearrange it, and hide it under this cup or that in their endless shell game of misinformation. To paraphrase a peer blogger writing on the subject of yet another such privatizing liar: Oh, how I love the smell of mendacity in the morning! :)

  5. Charlotte
    November 25, 2015

    “Chad Magendanz I’m saying that a clear majority of the Legislature (and the public) supports a charter schools fix. If the Speaker holds that bill for the WEA so that it never gets a floor vote, there will be other hostages taken and potentially nothing could move all session. Who would be taking the first hostage in that situation? Why not just allow a vote and let the democratic process function as intended?”

    Here is another quote from Magendanz’s facebook . We already know that Gates has provided League of Education Voters with $4M to expand charter schools. Pro charter folks are highly organized and arranged for charter school students to take a bus to Olympia. Magendanz is wrong when he states the “majority of the public wants a charter school fix.”.

  6. Carlotte
    November 24, 2015

    Taken from Magendanz’s facebook page:

    ” I’m saying that a clear majority of the Legislature (and the public) supports a charter schools fix. If the Speaker holds that bill for the WEA so that it never gets a floor vote, there will be other hostages taken and potentially nothing could move all session. Who would be taking the first hostage in that situation? Why not just allow a vote and let the democratic process function as intended?”

    Magendanz fails to notice that the majority of citizens, and the Supreme Court ,want education funded. He neglects to mention that his funding plan includes a levy swap, which would take millions and millions of dollars out of Seattle Public Schools.

    The legislature is responsible for funding McCleary. Funding can be provided with or without a charter school vote.

    Chopp would be smart to hold his ground.

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