Bulletin

Volume 2, Issue 1
January 8, 2010

California and Michigan Take the Lead! Will Washington State Join the Race?
To help our schools and bring Race to the Top grants to Washington
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In order to lobby the Legislature to pass a "Race to the Top" bill that includes charter schools we have created a new organization called Kids First Washington

If you would like to be part of this effort, please share your email by clicking on the following link:
Kids First Washington Update list.


State Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle):

"I believe heart and soul that only thing  stopping us from courageously tackling this opportunity is desire and will."

"The barriers to reaching 500 points or close to it -- and creating a stronger foundation on last year's education reform efforts in HB2261 -- are only in our minds and in our political calculations."

"Are we willing to do all we can, on every issue, to try and reach this milestone together?"

Representative Reuven Carlyle, Democrat, 36th District, Seattle

 

Dear Friends,

Governor Gregoire is finalizing her "Race to the Top" (RTTT) proposal this weekend.  How do we stack up in the race?  Will she propose to do "whatever it takes" to win a grant (including charter schools)?  We'll find out soon.

Yesterday, California Governor Schwarzenegger signed CA's new RTTT bill into law.  The bill was passed by the California State Assembly and State Senate earlier this week after the Governor called a special session for that purpose. For more information, follow this link.

As a result, California is likely to receive a $700 million RTTT grant.  The deadline for submitting an application in the first round of the competition is January 19.

In December, the Michigan Legislature, also in special session, also passed a comprehensive RTTT bill.  Please use this link, for more information.The new legislation should dramatically increase Michigan's chances of earning an RTTT grant of up to $400 million when the finalist are announced on March 1, 2010.  Use this link for more information on the RTTT calendar.

Of the 40 states that are expected to apply for a RTTT grant, Washington State is one of only two states that have decided not to apply in the first round of the competition and instead wait until June, when the round 1 losers and any other states (like WA) can make one final application for a share of the $4.3 BILLION RTTT federal grants.  If WA were to win a RTTT grant, it would be worth at least $150 million and as much as $250 million in additional federal funding for our public schools.  That's a lot of money given that our state is facing a $2.6 BILLION deficit in the next fiscal year that will likely result in less funding for public schools and higher taxes.

What will Governor Gregoire propose?  Will she side with the WEA lobbyists or will she put kids first?

In order to lobby the Legislature to pass a RTTT bill that includes charter schools we have created a new organization called Kids First Washington.  If you would like to be part of this effort you need to click on the following link: Kids First Washington Update list. My wife Fawn will be leading this effort.

 Jim Spady, President and Executive Director
Washington Charter School Resource Center
JimSpady@mac.com

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