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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…


A Teacher’s View: Charter schools will help at-risk students

  A retired public school teacher, Cathy Smith recently shared her thoughts on public charter schools in The Olympian. As she states, charter schools will help at-risk students. … I recently retired from a 30-year teaching career with a…


Charter School Proposals Could Pave Way for Education Ideas

Washington state, ahead of the national curve in so many areas of public policy, is a notable laggard on the issue of charter schools. Washington finally joined 41 other states and the District of Columbia…


Editorial: Charter Schools Association an ally in shaping new schools

This editorial about the Association ran in The Seattle Times on Sunday, July 7. SKEPTICS and proponents of charter schools have a new ally. The Charter Schools Association sees the potential of innovative nontraditional public schools, but…


Op-ed: Charter schools should ignite change for the better

This op-ed piece, written by Lyle Quasim, appeared in The News Tribune on April 14, 2013. I applaud the Tacoma School Board for signaling an interest in becoming a public charter school authorizer. It’s time…


New charter school commission can learn from other states

Based on 20 years of experience in other states, the nine members of the recently appointed State Charter School Commission are in for hard work, long hours and difficult deliberations. Whether or not charter schools…


Editorial: Strong appointees power state’s charter-school commission

The nine appointed to Washington’s new charter-school commission could offer a powerful vision on non-traditional public schools. WASHINGTON’S newly appointed charter-school commission holds strong promise for delivering on expectations of high-quality public charter schools. Voters…


In Our View: WEA Targets Initiative 1240

Union’s challenge to charter schools seems to ignore message of the voters As expected, the teachers union has filed a legal challenge to Washington’s new charter school law, Initiative 1240, which was approved by voters…


Charting an Escape Route for Washington’s 14,000 School Dropouts is in Voters’ Hands

Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda is a thoughtful man with a personal narrative indicative of the ways educational inequalities challenge American dreams of careers and economic stability. I suspect Banda believed he was being…


Public Charter Schools Are One Way We Can Restore Full Confidence in Public Education

I-1240 (creating a public charter school system): Some 41 states already have such schools. They came into being a generation ago in response to complaints by minority parents, in particular, in big-city school systems that…


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