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Northshore School District needs a Board of Directors | Letter

I cannot reconcile the fact that a school board member firmly supports charter schools.It alarms me to think that this same person may be elected as our state senator this November.

Dawn McCravey, a Director on the Northshore School District’s Board, is a champion for charter schools which is a direct attack on our public school system and the quality of education we can provide to all children.

A director on the board of a public school district like Dawn McCravey should not promote the creation of publicly-funded independently-managed schools (basically private schools funded by our limited tax dollars). If I-1240 passes, parents or teachers in a school will be able petition to have their school converted to a charter school.

Those families and teachers who do not wish their school to become a charter would need to find another school to attend. Where would they go? If a school converts to a charter, the school district will turn the school over for full use by the c harter.

The district will not receive rent for the building, but it will be responsible for paying for major repairs of a charter school within the district. Where would the additional needed funds come from to maintain the charter schools?

Teachers at the charter school would not necessarily by state certified.

An appointed board to manage the school would not be bound by any state or district policies or rules. How can Director McCravey be in favor of such a plan?

If students leave their home schools to attend a charter school they will take all the state funds and local levy dollars associated with them.

This will leave their home school to operate with less dollars to pay its usual expenses. Charter schools will undermine the school system that voters elected Director McCravey to support and improve.

I hope that Candidate McCravey’s position has caused concern within the Northshore School District administration as much as it has caused me to question her qualifica tions to represent the interests of all children attending our public schools.

A board position requires an individual who is fully committed to our public education system. Instead of fighting to fully-fund the present system, Candidate McCravey is asking voters to send her to Olympia to dismantle it.

I am deeply disturbed that she is a voting member of our school board, given her support of charter schools and her candidacy for senator to make it happen.

Jill Reifschneider, Kenmore


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