Huh... the Central District is an inner-city neighborhood—just like the name suggests, I suppose—and it's exactly the sort of racially diverse area that charter-school hawkers insist will benefit most from passing Initiative 1240. And God on high and holy, they say, anyone who opposes charter schools is basically a racist! But... weird. Looks like these folks aren't convinced we should turn public-school money over to private enterprise. In fact, I haven't seen a single pro-charter-school sign in any yard in the Central District.

So I'm just gonna go out on a limb here and guess that central urban neighborhoods are going to see right through the I-1240 campaign's free-market bullshit—the state has rejected charters three times before—and be among the state's leading precincts to reject it in November. After all, studies have shown that they are no more effective than regular public schools. Will the rest of the state be duped? The I-1240 campaign has raised $4.6 million—with leading donors primarily living in Mercer Island, Hunts Point, Clyde Hill, Kirkland, Bellevue, and other affluent white areas—to persuade people, white people, to vote for I-1240. You know, because folks in the Central District really want it. Don't be charter fooled indeed.