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Initiative Measure No. 1185
What the state voters' guide says: Concerns tax and fee increases imposed by state government. This measure would restate existing statutory requirements that legislative actions raising taxes must be approved by two-thirds legislative majorities or receive voter approval, and that new or increased fees require majority legislative approval.
Initiative Measure No. 1240
What the state voters' guide says: Concerns creation of a public charter school system. This measure would authorize up to forty publicly-funded charter schools open to all students, operated through approved, nonreligious, nonprofit organizations, with government oversight; and modify certain laws applicable to them as public schools.
"Oregon's example: Charter schools ‘part of fabric' of education system," (Debbie Cafazzo, The News Tribune)
Alison Krupnick: "Some of the most balanced and nuanced reporting on charter schools has come from the Tacoma News Tribune. Are charter schools an important tool that should be added to our state's educational toolbox or a distraction from the need for widespread improvements to the system?"
“Initiative 1240: Charting a new course in Washington?” (Debbie Cafazzo, The News Tribune)
Joe Copeland: "An excellent, balanced exploration of varying perspectives on the proposal for charter schools in the state by The News Tribune’s education reporter. There’s good insight into the thinking of Tacoma leaders on both sides of the issue."
“Charter schools,” (Education Week)
Joe Copeland: The national education publication has a quick but fairly comprehensive background article on the national research and debate about charter schools, which is occasionally updated (most recently in 2011, however). It outlines the main areas of contention about charters’ performance and value.
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