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John Blair is the only SPI candidate to support Charter Schools
John Patterson Blair for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State
A New Foundation: Individualized Public Education
I believe that all children are unique individuals and that every family should
have the opportunity to individualize their children’s public education.
Therefore, I propose a new foundation for public education, (of which the existing public schools would be an unchanged part).
This new foundation would consist of:
Individual Student Trust Accounts – funded annually using each student’s existing $10,000+ state education voucher. With approval, each student’s parents may spend these accumulating funds at any Registered Public Education Program(s) of their choice.
Registered Public Education Programs – defined as, any educational program, regardless of ownership, which:
1) accepts only trust funds as tuition, i.e.”free”;
2) fills at least 80% of its openings without admission qualification, i.e.“open enrollment”;
3) permits the study, but not the practice, of religion;
4) and publishes measurable educational and behavioral goals for its students.
Students not achieving these goals may be dismissed by the program.
Neighborhood Education Districts – administered by three locally elected trustees, will oversee the educational progress of 50 to 200 participating neighborhood students. The trustees must approve parental education choices for students passing applicable WASL tests.
Community Facility Districts – locally elected, will own, operate and maintain all public facilities. Life-cycle maintenance funds will be included in the original bond funding.
If you agree, vote for John Blair.
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