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People in Yakima Tell Commissioners Why We Need Charter Schools

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YAKIMA, WA.--The nine commissioners elected to manage and oversee Washington's Charter School System are in Yakima.

The commissioners listened as people like Dr. Heriberto Godina and Dr. Derek weaver talked about their reasons for supporting and creating charter schools.

Dr. Godina is the CEO of the proposed "Cesar Chavez School," which focuses on a duel language curriculum for kids in Yakima. And Dr. Weaver wants to provide another opportunity for disadvantaged children in the Lower Valley.

"Children who come out of a duel language instructional program go to college at a high rate, graduate from high school at a higher rate," said Dr. Godina.

"I encourage all of you to consider the statistics of each individual area, as where they're coming from and that will show obviously the need for some sort of change in the Lower Valley," said Dr. Weaver. "Our kids are just not doing well enough."

Forty charter schools can be established in the state over a span of five years. The application deadline is November 22nd.

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