by Matt Rosenberg October 8th, 2012
The Seattle Channel recently posted online an edition of its City Inside/Out public affairs show which delved into the debate over whether or not Washington State should have charter schools. On the ballot for the November 6 election, Initiative 1240 will pose the question to Washington voters for the fourth time since 1996. They’ve said no each time previously. Mail-in ballots will be sent out statewide on October 19. In the episode, Tara O’Neil, principal of the successful Emerson Elementary K-5 charter school in Portland, Oregon, tells City Inside/Out, “What happens to a normal school that’s not working? It stays open and keeps not working…harder. A charter school can be closed down. That’s the big difference.” But 1240 opponent Sharon Peaslee, a Seattle School Board member, argues, “There is no reason to vote for charter schools.” Citing a 2009 Stanford University report, she said, “Twice as many charter schools fail as succeed. That’s not a good recommendation for charter schools.” Here’s the half-hour City Inside/Out segment.