Washington Charter Schools, Initiative 177 (1996)

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The Washington Charter Schools Initiative, also known as Initiative 177, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was defeated. The measure would have allowed for "renewed" school districts with publicly-funded non-profit organizations operating "independent" public schools with parental choice and state regulation.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 177 (1996)
Defeatedd No1,380,81664.43%
Yes 762,367 35.57%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall voters be authorized to create "renewed" school districts where nonprofit organizations may operate publicly-funded "independent" public schools with parental choice and revised state regulation?[2]

Path to the ballot

Sponsor James R. Spady of Seattle filed 248,482 signatures to qualify the measure to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, the measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 'Office of the Secretary of State, "1996 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 30, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the Legislature," accessed August 30, 2013