It’s taken a week to count the votes, but yesterday proponents of Washington state’s Initiative 1240, which will allow up to 40 charter schools to open over the next five years, declared victory. This makes Washington the 42nd state to approve charter schools. Only Alabama, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia do not have legislation allowing for charters.
Tomorrow is Election Day and across the country, states have various ballot issues regarding increases in public K-12 education funding. The most common way to finance these increases is by raising property taxes. Which raises the questions, where all the money is going and why do public schools need more of it? According to a recent report by The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (read more here) much of that money is going to support a “tremendous growth in employment.”
I graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in History (minor in Political Science) and the University of Wyoming with a Master of Public Administration. I am an experienced copywriter and content manager. I am also a former intern/research associate for the Education Policy Center at the Independence Institute in Denver, Colorado and have previously blogged for National School Choice Week.