Jay Inslee is schedule to tour Destiny Charter Middle School in Tacoma on Friday. A press release from the governor’s office states,
“The governor will be visiting two schools in Tacoma Friday as part of his ‘Innovative Schools Tour.’ This tour of schools around the state allows him to see first-hand the good work happening in our schools based on a philosophy of meeting students where they are to help them succeed and prepare for college and careers after high school. The governor will tour Tacoma Public Schools’ School of the Arts, including their robotics and music programs. The governor will also hear from district leaders about the work being done at the Science and Math Institute (SAMi) and the proposed School of Industrial Design, Engineering, and Arts (IDEA). The governor will then visit Destiny [Charter] Middle School where he will meet with students, teachers, and parents and take a tour. Opened in 2015, the school started its first sixth grade class this year. Trudi Inslee will visit the schools with the governor on Friday as well.”
The question for reporters in attendance is: Will our “green” governor promise to support legislative bills to keep public charter schools open?
As Shift reported, Inslee has so far failed to step up to support the voters’ will by advocating for keeping public charter schools alive in our state. That’s probably because he never does anything to upset his biggest financial supporter, the Washington Education Association (WEA).
Nevertheless, lawmakers continue to push forward bills to save public charter schools. Today, the state Senate passed its version of the bill. Even if he fails to lead on public charter schools, here’s hoping our green governor will (at the very least) sign a bi-partisan bill once it reaches his desk.