u 2012 Washington General Election

Initiative Measure 1240

About this measure

This measure would authorize up to forty publicly-funded charter schools open to all students, operated through approved, nonreligious, nonprofit organizations, with government oversight; and modify certain laws applicable to them as public schools.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Last updated: Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m. Election results

OptionVotesPct
Yes 1,419,188 50.79%
No 1,374,977 49.21%
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