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By JoAnn Grogan
For The Sentinel 

Charter school initiative hits sensitive nerves on both sides


As of May 22, a coalition of education advocacy groups filed an initiative to ask voters once again to allow charter schools in Washington State. The issue will go on the November ballot.

The initiative, first floated in February, has the support of state Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, and Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle.

“This measure is a very reasonable and carefully thought-out approach to bringing innovative solutions to our public schools and improving the quality of education we provide to all students in Washington,” Litzow said in a news release.

But Rich Wood, a spokesman for the state teachers union, criticized charter school proponents for not consulting teachers befo...

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