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.
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