Thanks for this, it's nice to hear from a parent who has real experience with our public schools. It's also reassuring to know the I-1240 is written to allow only high-performing charter schools in Washington, and there are many layers of accountability. They're funded exactly the same way as traditional public schools, which means the per-pupil funding follows the student to whatever school they choose to attend.
@28 and @8, I-1240 explicitly says that public charter schools cannot be religious and cannot be authorized by a religious organization.
About Brown v. Board of Ed, here's a great article from the head of the United Negro College Fund about how public charters and helping to meet that promise: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/0…
And don't forget that President Obama supports charters too.
Download the entire text of the initiative and read it for yourself here: http://yeson1240.com/