SERGIO JARA, Pasco
The charter schools that would be allowed under statewide Initiative 1240 are public schools -- serving public school students within the public school system. These schools are free and open to all, just like traditional public schools, and they're also held to the same academic standards and teacher certification requirements as traditional public schools. Public charter schools are simply another enrollment option for parents to find the best learning environment for their children.
This November, voters will have the opportunity to vote yes on I-1240, which will allow the creation of up to 40 public charter schools throughout the state over the next five years. Surprisingly, 41 other states give parents the option of having their child attend a public charter school. It's time for Washington to catch up!
There's a reason why public charters are so popular in other states -- they get results. Many studies, including one from our own University of Washington, have concluded that public charter schools help struggling students succeed. We should have this option available to families in Washington too.
As a student, I encourage you to learn more about I-1240 by visiting YESon1240.com. I hope you'll join me in voting yes on 1240.