Advocates for and against Initiative 1240 established their positions on KPQ's "It's Your Turn" Monday.If approved . . .I-1240 would allow up to 40 public charter schools in Washington State over the next five years. Outlining the benefits was Yes on 1240 Coalition spokesman Trent House . . .
House argues that the 41 other states with charter schools have done their job in maintaining and educating "at-risk students."
House says its important that we retain the 14-thousand drop outs across the state which includes the 220 students that took an indefinite leave of absence in Chelan County.
Washington Education Association spokeswoman Pam Steinburg says budget cutbacks are hampering education efforts throughout the public school system . . .
Opponents also claim that charter schools take funding away from public school budgets.
The WEA says charter schools fail when it comes to educating students with special needs.