Washington’s charter-school pioneers need to be bold


Washington’s charter-school pioneers need to be bold

Three Washington educators are at the forefront of the state’s new charter school effort. Columnist Lynne K. Varner welcomes them to this exciting endeavor. Today…


Three women and a charter schools movement

My column this week features three longtime Washington educators preparing to launch three separate public charter schools. Brenda McDonald, Kristina Bellamy-McClain and Maggie O’Sullivan are…


Spokane Public Schools taking proposals as cutoff nears

Seven years of foreign language. Extra math and science. Nine-hour school days and an extended school year. These are the makings of a charter school…


First Washington District Chosen to Authorize Charters

The 29,000-student Spokane Public Schools in Eastern Washington has been tapped to be the first school district in the state to authorize charter schools, following…


Spokane to have first charter school

Spokane could have the first charter school in Washington by next fall. It will be a historic and controversial development closely watched by school administrators,…


Rules for charter schools approved

An independent panel Thursday approved the rules it will follow in authorizing Washington’s first charter schools early next year. Meeting at Everett Community College, the…


Ahead of the Curve

There are 295 school districts across the state of Washington. And so far only one, Spokane Public Schools, has opted to become a charter school…


Spokane Public Schools step closer to charter schools

Spokane Public Schools is on its way to establishing the first charter school in Washington. That should come as no surprise: Superintendent Shelley Redinger announced the…


Coalition’s suit challenges state’s charter-schools law

The drama over whether to allow charter schools in Washington state is getting another act. A coalition led by the state teachers union filed a…


Districts split over charter schools

Washington voters have decided they want to add charter schools to the education mix in the state, and the three largest districts are taking different…


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