Monday, November 12, 2012
As of Sunday afternoon, Initiative 1240, which would allow the creation of charter schools in Washington state, was still passing by a slim margin, 50.82 percent to 49.18 percent.
On Saturday, the YES on 1240 Coalition announced that the initiative will be approved by a majority of Washington voters.
"This is a clear victory for Washington students and parents, and for public education in our state," said Chris Korsmo, CEO of the League of Education Voters. "Washington now joins 41 other states across the country in offering the option of public charter schools for parents and students."
Under I-1240, a maximum of 40 public charter schools may be authorized over a five-year period. These schools will be subject to strict oversight and public accountability, and their performance in improving student learning will be rigorously evaluated to determine whether additional charter schools should be allowed.
Results for the election will be certified by Thursday, Dec. 6.