Hearing Draws Statewide News Coverage and Editorial Board Support for Charter Families

The May 17 state Supreme Court hearing on the charter school case captured the attention of media statewide. Here is a roundup of key coverage on the latest legal milestone, including several strong editorials from major statewide newspapers, calling for an end to the legal attacks on charter public schools and families.

Charter school backers easily refute position by opponents | Yakima Herald | June 2, 2018

Charter school supporters have had to defend themselves in court — again. Back in mid-May, the state Supreme Court heard arguments over a lawsuit that challenges the law that authorizes the schools, which won voter approval in 2012. Frankly, the latest legal arguments against the schools don’t rate a passing grade.

Debate over state charter schools still isn’t over | MyNorthwest | May 27, 2018

It may surprise you to know that the debate over whether or not Washington state charter schools are constitutional still isn’t over. Voters approved an initiative in 2012 that allows up to 40 charter schools in Washington state. The state became the 42nd to allow them. In 2015, the state Supreme Court ruled charter schools were unconstitutional. However, the Legislature came up with a workaround: fund the schools with state lottery revenue instead of from the general fund.

Editorial: End legal fight over charter schools so focus can move to education | The Seattle Times | May 17, 2018

Washington’s public charter schools are flourishing, with 2,400 enrolled and promising early indications of student success. But a shadow remains over these schools. And the Supreme Court should put a stop to it.

State Supreme Court weighs validity of charter school law | Associated Press | May 17, 2018

Hundreds of charter school students rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday as the Washington Supreme Court considered arguments that could threaten to close their classrooms. Jalen Johnson, an 11th-grader at Summit Sierra charter school in Seattle, told the crowd that the commitment of his teachers helped turn him from an average middle-school student who had little thought of attending college to a thriving high-school junior who hopes to study urban planning at the University of California at Berkeley.

Fate of Washington’s 11 charter schools in hands of State Supreme Court | KIRO 7 | May 17, 2018

The Washington State Supreme Court is set once again to decide the fate of charter schools.  Students and supporters of the state’s 11 charter schools packed the chambers on Thursday to hear the arguments.  The lawsuit from La Raza, the Washington Education Association, and others claims charter schools are unconstitutional.

Give charter schools chance to succeed | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | May 21

[Paywall] The charter school experiment in Washington state — and in Walla Walla — must continue so more students have a chance to find approaches to education that work for them, and the public has an opportunity to properly measure their success.

Charter Schools Round 2: Court questions oversight, teacher pay | The Spokesman-Review | May 17, 2018

Former state Attorney General Rob McKenna said it shouldn’t matter that charter schools aren’t under the control of the locally elected school board. The Legislature has the power to create special types of public schools, like the School for the Blind or the aviation school, that aren’t under local control.

Are Charter Schools Legal in Washington State? As Sector Continues to Grow, Court Will Take Up the Question — Again | The 74 | May 16, 2018

Patrick D’Amelio, CEO of the Washington State Charter Schools Association, said he has “great confidence” that charters will receive an affirmative ruling. “The charter law was set up to close gaps,” D’Amelio told The 74. “The kids we are serving are kids from low-income households, they come to our sector behind academically, and are showing great progress. When I think about what’s at stake, I think about how this is going to impact them.”

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🗓️ UPDATE! The Charter 101 event scheduled for Oct. 24 in Spokane will be RESCHEDULED! More details to come - stay tuned!

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Don't miss your chance to learn more about charter public schools!

Attend the Charter 101 information session on Oct. 24. from 6pm-7:30pm at Pride Prep Public Charter School, 811 E. Sprague Ave. Suite A, Spokane, WA 99202.

Current and potential charter school families and the community are invited to learn more about charter public schools. We’ll be there to answer questions and provide the facts. There will also be the opportunity to hear from parents, staff, and partners.

Childcare will be provided for kids 4 and up and light snacks will also be available.

RSVP here: bit.ly/WACharters101
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Washington State Charter Schools Association

In honor of #NationalSchoolLunchWeek try this Kale and Apple salad recipe from Willow Public School, Walla Walla. Willow students enjoy meals made from scratch with food sourced from farms within 30 miles of the school! 🍽️ This recipe is VERY popular with Willow kids - see how YOU like it! ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

“The past few years have generated intense public education debates throughout our city and the state on what public education options should be available to families and students. Why is another quality public education option for our families a bad thing?

Politics aside, new academic opportunities that reflect our community are something we can all embrace. The one thing we as educators hear over and over again is that parents want to enroll their children at local, high-quality public schools that are good fits for their kids. RVLA is here to help answer that call.”

ICYMI: Be sure to check out the this Northwest Asian Weekly commentary from Rainier Valley Leadership Academy and Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School principals Chen and Lloyd.

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Have questions about charter public schools?

Join us for a Charter 101 information session on Oct. 24. from 6pm-7:30pm at Pride Prep Public Charter School, 811 E. Sprague Ave. Suite A, Spokane, WA 99202.

Current and potential charter school families and the community are invited to attend and learn more about charter public schools. We’ll be there to answer questions and provide the facts and there will also be the opportunity to hear from parents, staff, and partners.

Childcare will be provided for kids 4 and up and light snacks will also be available.

RSVP here: bit.ly/WACharters101
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Want to know more about charter public schools?

Attend the Charter 101 information session on Oct. 24. from 6pm-7:30pm at Pride Prep Public Charter School, 811 E. Sprague Ave. Suite A, Spokane, WA 99202.

Current and interested charter school families and the community are invited to join us and learn about charter public schools. We’ll be there to answer questions and provide the facts. There will also be the opportunity to hear from parents, staff, and partners.

Childcare will be provided for kids 4 and up and light snacks will also be available.

RSVP here: bit.ly/WACharters101
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“...We have all these people who want to make education better and they all have a different way of adding to the school and leading in the school…”

Watch this humanities teacher describe how she and her colleagues help change the education trajectory for their students.
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