The Washington Education Association (WEA) and far left politicians have relentlessly attacked charter schools and will likely continue to do so—perhaps now more than ever as charter schools grow in popularity among parents. The WEA has pushed lawsuits against charter schools and has attempted to pass various restrictions on them. And, just last May, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn attempted to pass new rules that promised to hurt families currently relying on charter schools and those that would send their students to future charter schools.
As relentless the attacks, the WEA and other cannot avoid the reality that charter schools work and, increasingly, parents prefer them for their children. The Washington Policy Center recently reported on the heart-warming experience of one family. The Washington Policy Center,
“In Seattle, Maria Mirabueno was worried about where her daughter would be sent for high school. Seattle officials assign children based on zip code, and many students end up at one of the low-performing schools operated by the district. As Maria put it, ‘I was getting really nervous—I didn’t know if she could succeed in high school.’
“So it was a welcome relief when she learned Summit Sierra charter school would open in the fall. Attendance at charter schools is chosen by parents, not automatically assigned by district officials. Maria says,
‘This school was different…I knew she wasn’t going to simply be an ID number, that they would get to know her… At [traditional] public schools you don’t get that…I think this will be a life-changer for her and even for me.’”
Though the WEA may not like it, thanks to charter schools, “over a thousand families like Maria’s will experience the life-changing benefit of selecting a charter school opportunity for their children.” Washington families are, for the first time, “being offered a choice in education, giving them a new reason to be excited about their children’s future.”
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