I got the chance to meet Rob McKenna a couple weeks ago. Bright guy. I don’t know much about his politics – but I got the impression he has a really firm understanding of the issues challenging our state.
As a new parent, I’ve been thinking about education more. So I asked Rob his thoughts on charter schools. He supports them. He mentioned 41 states have charter schools, and Washington should too. He also commented that charter schools will only be part of Washington’s solution to education challenges. Since most students would continue to be in public schools, we’ll have to improve those as well.
I’m aware that charter schools have been on the initiative ballot before, and failed more than once. I’m looking for historical perspective on these failures. Was it because the initiatives included tax hikes to pay for the charter schools? Or were Washingtonians happy with the current system? Or was there massive spending to have the initiative fail? Something else? I wasn’t paying attention at the time of the initiatives, so I’d love to hear some history if people here recall. Thanks.