Charter school fight in Washington has parallels to Ga.

SEATTLE — On a recent fall day here, Melissa Westbrook and Shannon Campion settled into high chairs behind a small table in the basement studio at cavernous Seattle City Hall.

They had come to debate charter schools, and while television cameras rolled, each woman attempted to pummel the other with what she saw as the wrong-headedness of her opponent’s position. “You want to spend public dollars on things that work,” Westbrook said. “Charters are unproven.”

Charter schools are a hot topic in Washington, where a ballot initiative could establish them there for the first time. In Georgia, an amendment could lead to more charter schools. Both states are being watched closely by charter school advocates across the country,

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