Charter schools don't 'siphon off money...'
Seattle Times reporter Brian M. Rosenthal doesn't seem to like charter schools, and it shows. In his August 29th article he says charter school opponents "...expect voters to be wary of siphoning off money for charters..." He repeats this tired fabrication without explaining that charter schools are public schools, so they don't "siphon off money."
Charter schools are tuition-free and open to all students. Every child attending a charter school is a public school student and is entitled to the same funding that children at other public schools receive. For example, if a parent in a low-income urban community decides her child may do better in the local charter school, her child should not be denied equal access to the same funding that children receive at other public schools in the same city.
If voters pass Initiative 1240 and allow charter schools, every dollar spent in a charter school would be dollar spent on public education, to provide kids with what they have always been promised: a chance at a brighter future and the skills they need to achieve their highest potential.