King County Democrats endorse Sound Transit 3, take additional ballot measure positions

Good evening from Renton. Tonight, the King County Democrats took positions on a number of ballot measures that are coming before voters in part or all of King County this autumn. Here is a list of the positions taken this evening: Regional Regional Proposition 1 (Sound Transit 3): YES County King County Charter Amendment No….

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King County Democrats endorse Scott Pinkham for school board, take positions on eight ballot measures

At this month’s executive board meeting in Renton, the King County Democrats met to consider taking endorsement action in several contests which will be decided by voters this November. This post summarizes the endorsement votes taken at the meeting. To pass, an endorsement motion must receive a two-thirds vote. We began with Seattle City Council,…

How 1240 could convert your public schoool to a charter school

1240 is advertised as a measure to improve learning. But it is really union busting in disguise. Here’s what 1240 would allow: Scenario: A union-busting organization instigates a few right wing parents to convert an existing school to a charter school. This is not a failing school. Under 1240, ANY school can be flipped. The…

Understanding Advisory Votes 1 & 2

Q: What do the advisory votes mean on our ballots? Answer: Text of the advisory votes Advisory Vote 1 (Engrossed Senate Bill 6635) The legislature eliminated, without a vote of the people, a business and occupation tax deduction for certain financial institutions’ interest on residential loans, costing $170,000,000 in its first ten years, for government…

No 1240 – Would students learn more from teachers without health care?

Under Ref. 1240, charter school teachers would not get the same benefit package as teachers in existing schools.  With parent triggers, a school could be turned into a charter school, and suddenly the teachers would lose high quality health insurance. If teachers come to work sick because of junk health insurance, will students really learn better?  http://www.alternet.org/education/5-biggest-lies-about-americas-public-schools-debunked…

Where will charter schools find those “superior” teachers?

Can charter schools really find a whole new crop of superior teachers?  This link was contributed by Dwight Rousu, 48th LD King County Democrats representative. http://www.newstrust.net/stories/8912336/toolbar?go=edit_thanks&ref=nav Where will the best teachers go to work – the public schools, with union wages and benefits or a charter school with lower pay and junk health insurance? Visit  www.no1240.org for more information….