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    The Daily Troll: Sherman's PR in PR. WA's first charter school. Massacre at Public Disclosure?

    Plus, Oxfam report on the global gaaaaaaap between the world's really rich and really poor.
    The Daily Troll: News for your evening commute.

    The Daily Troll: News for your evening commute. Art work by Noel Franklin

    Charter Schools

    Since voters approved a state-wide charter school system in 2012, more than 20 groups and individuals have filed proposals to be among the first to open a charter school in Washington state. And it looks like the Spokane School District will likely authorize Washington state's first charter school on Wednesday. The AP reports that the district has endorsed Pride Prep, an organization led by a former middle-school principal in Spokane who's looking to open a college-prep middle and high school for kids at risk of failing. Its curriculum would include community-building activities as well as extra math, science and foreign language requirements, and it would have both longer school days and a longer school year than other public schools in the district. — E.M.

    House (er, Senate) cleaning at Public Disclosure?

    The state's Public Disclosure Commission has five members. And is the bill introduced on Tuesday by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, gets through the legislature, all five will be toast on July 31, replaced with people appointed by some of the very politicians the board is  supposed to regulate. For now, the governor appoints all five PDC members, which the state Senate then votes to approve – or not. Brown's bill would have the Republican and Democratic House and Senate caucuses each chose one member. Those four would then select a fifth to chair the committee. Brown wasn’t available to explain her reasoning on this bill. But her Senate colleague, Minority Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, is worried. “If this bill were to become law,” said Nelson, “an absolutely integral partner in our system of checks and balances would fall victim to political gridlock." — J.S.

    A PR in PR for Richard Sherman

    Richard! Richard! Richard! Richard Sherman, that is. The loud-mouthed Seahawks cornerback is nothing if not controversial, but there's no denying that, like others of his teammates (Cough, cough Russell Wilson), he gets the PR game. His most recent feat: A perfectly-timed ad for Beats by Dre that pokes fun at the media thunderstorm his post-playoff interview induced. —B.A.

    This is rich

    We all know the rich are getting richer while the rest of are spiraling into various levels of abject poverty. But now Oxfam has served up a factoid underscores the yawning gap in global income inequality. According to the organization’s new briefing paper “Working for the few,” the world’s richest 85 people — we’re talking Gatesian wealth here — boast as much money ($110 trillion) as the world’s poorest (get ready) 3.5 billion people. This, um, discrepancy is worrisome, notes the report, because “left unchecked, the effects are potentially immutable, and will lead to ‘opportunity capture’ - in which the lowest tax rates, the best education, and the best healthcare are claimed by the children of the rich.” Not to mention all the greatest toys. — M.B.

    John Stang covers state government for Crosscut. He can be reached by writing editor@crosscut.com.

    Berit Anderson is Managing Editor at Crosscut, where she follows tech, culture, environment, media and politics. Previously community manager of the Tribune Company’s Seattle blogging network, her work has also appeared in YES! Magazine and on the Huffington Post, Geekwire, Q13Fox.com and KBCS 91.3 radio. She served as Communications Director at Strategic News Service, a weekly newsletter that predicts global trends in tech and economics, and Future in Review, an annual tech conference which gathers C-level executives to solve global problems. You can find her on Twitter @Berit_Anderson or reach her at berit.anderson@crosscut.com.

    Mary Bruno is the Editor-in-Chief of Crosscut.

    Erica Meurk, a Crosscut editorial intern, is a Seattle native and a 2005 graduate of Whitman College. She has several years' experience in nonprofit communications and development, having served most recently as grant writer at Cascade Bicycle Club. Her interests include keeping local bookstores in business, eating as many vegetables as possible and riding her bike uphill in the rain.

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    Posted Tue, Jan 21, 4:34 p.m. Inappropriate

    Richard Sherman has a Master's in Communications from Stanford, so I suspect he knew exactly what he is doing, unless they have a special course of study for football players.


    Posted Tue, Jan 21, 5:28 p.m. Inappropriate

    Richard Sherman was euphoric and full of himself. Even I (a 75 year old grandparent) was euphoric and full of my proud state's self!

    But he should practice his winning-day stuff for the press...making it affirming and maybe a tad humble. It would be a good follow up for the ads.


    Posted Tue, Jan 28, 9:07 a.m. Inappropriate

    What do you mean "other" public schools? Charter schools are not public schools, despite the efforts of charter school advocates to get them branded as such, and the language in the WA initiative. They are private non-profit corporations.

    This is the decision of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Caviness vs. Horizon Community Learning, an Arizona case in which the state's enabling legislation also refers to charter schools as "public." The decision makes it clear that charter schools are not "state actors."

    Please correct the piece.


    Posted Tue, Jan 28, 9:08 a.m. Inappropriate

    Here is a link to the 9th circuit decision: http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2010/01/04/08-15245.pdf


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