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So they want government handouts to open their private schools? What a bunch of socialists.
Posted by Bhamjason on March 2, 2012 at 8:31 AM · Report this
in their minds, they are just doing what liberals do: take their conservative money and spend it on liberal causes. Just because it's pretty obvious "liberal causes" here means the orderly process of a somewhat or at least striving-to-be egalitarian society, that has no bearing on their very special form of logic.
Posted by wseacat on March 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM · Report this
The Max 3
I think if they took the same amount of public funding that they put into charter schools and devoted that to improving the public schools, they'd have a better net result for more net kids.
Posted by The Max on March 2, 2012 at 8:58 AM · Report this
Rotten666 4
@3 Because that's what our schools need, more money.

Spending per student:…

Vs. actual student achievement:…

Money is not the issue.

As far as charter schools go, I'm all for them so long as public funding is outlawed.
Posted by Rotten666 on March 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 5
If that doesn't work, can always try the old taxpayer funded stadium gambit. You wouldn't believe how many fish you can hook with that one.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6

It's the Gates Foundation's pet project, so no doubt there will be money behind it.

Still, I do not get the logic, if the goal is helping students.

Clearly there are great public schools in the suburbs of Bellevue and well off areas of north Seattle. So the argument that "public schools are bad" doesn't hold water. So...what is the argument?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7


Comparisons of the US with other nations are not valid because many of those countries siphon off the less academically oriented kids at an early age and put them into trade schools. They also have generous welfare programs that let people go onto the dole and drop out entirely.

Only the US tries to keep each and every kid in a general purpose academic program until age 18.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM · Report this
How's sending your daughter to Mercer Island instead of your local Seattle school going, Goldy?

You might be eagerly looking for alternatives if you actually sent her to where she'd go if your babymama didn't live on MI.
Posted by ap0 on March 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM · Report this
sloegin 9
Charter schools: when sending Johnny to public school is gauche, but you can't afford private.
Posted by sloegin on March 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 10
If the private sector is so great, you'd think that private schools could be run in such a way that even middle class parents could afford it. As it stands, even though pretty much all private schools are non-profits, they still charge an arm and a leg for tuition.
Posted by keshmeshi on March 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 11
@4- A charter school without public funding isn't a charter school, it's just a private school.

@8- My daughter goes to public school in Seattle. I'm quite happy with her education so far. There's no evidence that charter schools actually improve student achievement, but there's plenty of evidence they siphon money away from the public system.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on March 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM · Report this
Goldy 12
@8, The only provision I had written into our divorce agreement was that my daughter stayed at Graham Hill Elementary unless I consented otherwise. Loved the school.

But you know, she has two parents, and one of them moved to Mercer Island. Life is complicated. So attempt to discredit me on this issue all you want based on my daughter's attendance there, but the only reason you know about it is that I have repeatedly disclosed it.
Posted by Goldy on March 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 17
What @11 said. A private school by any other name...

If you want to start a private school with private money and call it a "charter school," have at it.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on March 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM · Report this
GLC219 18
Can someone explain to me why Aviation High School is ok but other charter schools aren't? Isn't Aviation High a charter?
Posted by GLC219 on March 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this

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