State Schools Chief Randy Dorn: Graduation Rates Among Minority and At-Risk Students ‘Too Low’


State Schools Chief Randy Dorn: Graduation Rates Among Minority and At-Risk Students ‘Too Low’

Washington students are making steady progress on state tests, but too many – especially minority kids – are still failing to reach the big goal…


Public Charter Schools Under I-1240 Would Give Parents and Students More Options

When it comes to educating our children, most Washington parents agree that more options are a good thing. That’s why it’s surprising that Washington is not already one of the 41 states that allows parents to choose whether our children can attend a public charter school. It’s especially odd given the high premium our state puts on education and innovation.


I-1240 Makes the Goal of a High Quality Public Education For All Students More Possible

Initiative 1240, Washington’s experimental toe dip into charter schools, promises to be serious heavy lifting. Opponents are not going to concede and agree to even a limited, publicly accountable experiment in an education system still structured and governed as it was 100 years ago. …


Public Charter School Opponents Caught “Cherry-Picking”, Ignoring Dozens of Studies Reporting High Academic Success in Charters

The official Voters’ Guide Pro and Con statements on Initiative 1240 just came out. I-1240 seeks to lift the state ban on charter schools. I…


Major Business Organizations Endorse I-1240 Initiative Would Authorize Public Charter Schools in Washington State

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Two of the state’s leading business organizations today announced that they are endorsing a YES vote on Initiative 1240, a measure on the November 2012 statewide ballot that will authorize a limited number of public charter schools in Washington State. The YES on 1240 endorsements from the Association of Washington Business (AWB) and the Washington Roundtable demonstrate that the measure has strong support from both large and small employers across the state, initiative backers said.


Q&A with Teachers United’s Chris Eide: Washington Needs a Public Charter School Option

…Washington state is one of only nine states that don’t have charter schools. But voters can change that in November if they approve Initiative 1240, which will allow up to 40 charters statewide over five years. Chris Eide, who heads a Seattle-based ed reform group called Teachers United, tells redefinED in this emailed Q&A that it’s the students who struggle the most who will benefit if voters say yes.


State Rep. Pettigrew: Charter Schools Will Help Children Now Falling Through the Cracks

State Rep. Eric Pettigrew represents a southeast Seattle legislative district with five of the lowest-performing schools in the state. He’s unsuccessfully tried to get charter schools passed in Olympia and he’s pushed for stronger teacher evaluations. …

Pettigrew represents a small but growing number of legislators who are part of a group called Democrats for Education Reform.


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A few weeks ago, Excel Public Charter School launched a weather balloon. Check out the balloon's awesome video footage from SPACE! Even cooler: Excel students will be using the data captured during the flight in an upcoming math class as part of their statistics unit! ... See MoreSee Less

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