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Initiative-1240 : Washington State, 2012

Initiative-1240 : Washington State, 2012

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Published by Kathy E. Gill
2012 election, Washington State, I-1240, charter schools
2012 election, Washington State, I-1240, charter schools

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Published by: Kathy E. Gill on Jul 15, 2012
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Measure No. 1240
 _____________________________________________BILL REQ. #: I-2563.1/12ATTY/TYPIST: SCG:crsBRIEF DESCRIPTION:
Code Rev/SCG:crs 1 I-2563.1/12
Initiative Measure No. 1240
filed May 31, 2012
AN ACT Relating to public charter schools; amending RCW28A.150.010, 28A.315.005, and 41.05.011; adding a new section tochapter 41.32 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 41.35 RCW; adding anew section to chapter 41.40 RCW; adding a new section to chapter41.56 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 41.59 RCW; and adding a newchapter to Title 28A RCW.BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 101.
(1) The people of the state of Washingtonin enacting this initiative measure find:(a) In accordance with Article IX, section 1 of the stateConstitution, "it is the paramount duty of the state to make ampleprovision for the education of all children residing within its
Code Rev/SCG:crs 2 I-2563.1/12borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color,caste, or sex";(b) All students deserve excellent educational opportunities andthe highest quality standards of public education available;(c) Many of our public schools are failing to address inequitiesin educational opportunities for all students, including academicachievement, drop-out rates, and other measures of educational successfor students across all economic, racial, ethnic, geographic, andother groups;(d) It is a priority of the people of the state of Washington toimprove the quality of our public schools and the education andacademic achievement of all students throughout our state;(e) Forty-one states have public charter schools with many rankedhigher in student performance than Washington's schools;(f) Allowing public charter schools in Washington will giveparents more options to find the best learning environment for theirchildren;(g) Public charter schools free teachers and principals fromburdensome regulations that limit other public schools, giving themthe flexibility to innovate and make decisions about staffing,curriculum, and learning opportunities to improve student achievementand outcomes;(h) Public charter schools are designed to find solutions toproblems that affect chronically underperforming schools and to betterserve at-risk students who most need help;(i) Public charter schools have cost-effectively improved studentperformance and academic achievement for students throughout thecountry, especially for students from the lowest-performing publicschools;(j) Public charter schools serving low-income, urban studentsoften outperform traditional public schools in improving studentoutcomes and are closing the achievement gap for at-risk students;(k) The Washington supreme court recently concluded, in
McLeary v.State
, that "The State has failed to meet its duty under Article IX,section 1 [to amply provide for the education of all children within

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