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Oct 29, 2012 Jivewire commented on The Stranger Election Control Board’s Endorsements For the November 6, 2012, General Election.
>>"There's a lot of money to be made off of I-1240, hence the $8.3 million backing it got from the likes of Alice Walton, the Bezos family, Paul Allen, and Bill Gates. (The idea that Bill Gates, who never set foot in a public school as either a student or a parent, should tell us how to run them is doubly insulting.)"

This is just so wrong. I understand you are against charter schools, but you really think Bill Gates is interested in this because of the money to be made? Please elaborate? What would a billionaire who founded a charity that is spending much of its time on eliminating malaria stand to gain from this? How about Bezos? Balmer? The founder of Amazon and CEO of MSFT stand to make money from charter schools? Do tell. Not quite getting your angle here. Gates has been active in education reform for a long time, and understands that not everyone can just opt out and go to a Lakeside. So he's trying to help fix it. There is NO way to innovate from inside an org like SPS. A charter pilot allows us to try ideas like year-round school and other reforms on a case by case basis. And if you don't like it, you don't have to go there, just stick with your public school. The only known "precious resources" are 3m over 6 yrs to establish oversight. The rest is a wash, and only costs more if charters succeed in bringing students back into the system that had dropped out or opted for private or home schooling.

For folks who bashed some of the candidates they interviewed for not doing their homework, why did you fall back on the "Rich people support this-it must be bad!" argument without elaborating the riches Bezos, Ballmer and Gates are vying for?
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Oct 28, 2012 Jivewire commented on Initiative 1240: A Sucker Punch to Public School Kids.
#20>>We have the highest SAT scores in the nation.

What are you talking about? WA ranks #25 on Combined SATs in 2011, and doesn't lead any individual category. Where are you getting this stuff?

#31 300M to set up? Where are you getting this math? It says right on the state voter guide "Known state agency implementation costs are estimated at $3,090,700 over 5yrs. That's 3M, not 300M and ony $600k/yr.

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Oct 28, 2012 Jivewire commented on Initiative 1240: A Sucker Punch to Public School Kids.
#20>>We have the highest SAT scores in the nation.

What are you talking about? WA ranks #25 on Combined SATs in 2011, and doesn't lead any individual category. Where are you getting this stuff?

#31 300M to set up? Where are you getting this math? It says right on the state voter guide "Known state agency implementation costs are estimated at $3,090,700 over 5yrs. That's 3M, not 300M and ony $600k/yr.