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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"43 percent of parents surveyed indicated that they were 'very satisfied' with charter schools, compared to just 26 percent of parents at district schools.”

Read more about the findings of the 2018 Schooling in America Survey: www.edchoice.org/research/2018-schooling-in-america-survey/
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Submit your proposal TODAY!

On May 3rd and 4th, 2019, WA Charters will host our Fifth Annual Conference. As the largest Washington state charter public school convening of the year, our conference brings together national, regional and local experts and is a great opportunity for charter school leaders, teachers, board members, parents, advocates, and students to connect, learn and be inspired.

We are currently accepting session proposals. The deadline is January 11, 2019.

Learn more: conference.wacharters.org/2019/call_for_proposals.php

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On May 3rd and 4th, 2019, WA Charters will host our Fifth Annual Conference in SeaTac, WA.

As the largest Washington state charter public school convening of the year, our conference brings together national, regional and local experts and is a great opportunity for charter school leaders, teachers, board members, parents, advocates, and students to connect, learn and be inspired. Registration will be open in mid-January 2019 - stay tuned for program details. Free childcare will be provided for children ages 4-12 on Saturday, May 4.

Learn more about submitting a session proposal and sponsorship opportunities by visiting this site: conference.wacharters.org/2019/

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Enrollment at Spokane International Academy opens for the 2019-20 school year on Jan. 1st!

Families with students in Kindergarten - 7th grade who are interested in a public school option that focuses on developing academic skills, strength of character and international mindedness can Learn more at www.spokaneintlacademy.org
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Today we recognize and support National Human Rights on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Take some time to read and share the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html
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See these Impact Public Schools scholars show off in the best possible way!

The school held its 2nd Kindergarten Student Showcase where students answered the question "How does food get from the farm to my table?” using research, writing and art.
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“Each charter institution is locally governed by its own board of directors, and that non-profit panel and the school they oversee are both held accountable to the same standards as the public system by the office of the state superintendent. In addition to these regulations, charter schools in Washington are also beholden to a separate entity of oversight as well.”

Watch co-founders Sara Rolfs and Rick Wray discuss the process of opening Wenatchee’s first ever charter school! The two spoke with iFIBER ONE News in Part Two of a series on charter public schools, Charter Schools 101.

The next installment of the series will focus proposed staffing and classroom structure. Tune in to learn more about how charter public schools work in Washington state!

www.ifiberone.com/columbia_basin/charter-schools-part/article_7fd81e96-f829-11e8-bcc8-ef7627433d0...
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SAVE THE DATES!
On May 3rd and 4th, 2019, WA Charters will host our Fifth Annual Conference in SeaTac, WA.

As the largest Washington state charter public school convening of the year, our conference brings together national, regional and local experts and is a great opportunity for charter school leaders, teachers, board members, parents, advocates, and students to connect, learn and be inspired.

Registration will be open in mid-January 2019 - stay tuned for program details. Free childcare will be provided for children ages 4-12 on Saturday, May 4.

Learn more about submitting a session proposal and sponsorship opportunities by visiting this site: conference.wacharters.org/2019/

We hope to see you there!
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