The Ferndale School Board unanimously approved a resolution opposing the state charter school initiative at its meeting Thursday, Oct. 25.
If approved by Washington state voters, Initiative 1240 would allow for the creation of up to 40 charter school over the next five years. Though board members said they weren’t opposed to charter schools themselves, they were concerned about accountability and the schools’ exemption from some state rules under the initiative.
Here’s part of the board’s statement:
“Ferndale School Board members believe the establishment of charter schools under this initiative would not address the needs of our most vulnerable populations and would present an uneven “playing field” for educating our state’s children. Many studies show that charter schools do not perform better than traditional public schools, which has long been the argument of charter school proponents.”
What do you think about the board coming out against the charter schools initiative?