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Broad Coalition of Supporters File Briefs in Support of Charter Law

Parents, Educators, Approved Charter Schools, Civic Leaders, Education Advocates, Community and Business Leaders Signal Strong Support for Washington’s Charter School Law Olympia, Wash. – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Thomas Franta issued…


First Public Charter School in Washington State to Open

First Place Scholars Charter School to Serve Underserved Families in Seattle Seattle – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Thomas Franta issued the following statement celebrating the opening of First Place Scholars Charter…


In Case You Missed It: Spokane Public Schools to consider three charter school proposals

BY Judith SpitzerSpokane Journal of BusinessJuly 3, 2014 Three separate and vastly different organizations met the June 15 deadline to file notices of intent with Spokane Public Schools to open charter schools in Spokane for the…


Editorial: Lawmakers should help others help charters

The Spokesman-ReviewJune 10, 2014 When Washington approves a charter school, it doesn’t come with a check. By the time the first eight have opened their doors – most in August 2015 – supporters of each…


Center on Reinventing Public Education: Washington’s First District Authorizer Approaches Charters with a Collaborative Mindset

Washington State voters approved a charter school initiative in 2012—its fourth appearance on the ballot—making Washington the 42nd state to allow charter schools. Spokane Public Schools (SPS) submitted its application to authorize charter schools shortly…


In Case You Missed It: Los Angeles charter students learn more than in traditional public schools

BY Kristen MullerSouthern California Public Radio (KPCC)March 15, 2014           Stanford University’s Center for Research on Economic Outcomes (CREDO) issued a report Saturday that found charter school students in Los Angeles…


EdWeek: Gates Foundation Grants Aim to Foster District-Charter Cooperation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Wednesday that it is awarding $100,000 each to schools in five cities to promote collaboration between charter schools and traditional public school districts, part of a program that has channeled $25…


For Immediate Release: Jan. 30, 2014

WA Charters Applauds Approval of Seven Public Charter SchoolsWill Support Prospective School Founders in Strengthening Charter Applications for Summer 2014 Seattle, Wash. – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) interim CEO Marta Reyes-Newberry issued…


AP: Forums on proposed WA charter schools begin Monday

SEATTLE (AP) – People who want to learn more about the first proposed charter schools in Washington state can attend public forums beginning Monday in Spokane. The Washington Charter School Commission will give each applicant…


December News Round-up: WA State Charter Schools

Public charter schools have been a hot topic the past few weeks, with stories about charter school applicants and the King County judge upholding our state charter school law. Here’s a round-up of the most…


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