Policy and Advocacy

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance charter public schools by developing talented educators and fostering choice and access to quality education. We also provide legal support to member schools and advocate for them when access to charter public schools is at risk.

We’re especially committed to protecting the intent of the charter school law that voters enacted in 2012, giving schools increased autonomy and flexibility in exchange for heightened accountability. We’re making a measurable difference for all Washington state students, with a focus on those who academically and economically disadvantaged, and we will protect that success any way we can.

In collaboration with our local and national advocacy partners, we’re:

  • Educating policymakers and the public about charter schools—foremost, that charter schools are public schools
  • Providing guidance to the Washington State Charter School Commission, the Washington State Board of Education, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Anticipating, identifying, researching and analyzing legal and policy issues that could impact the authorization and operation of high-performing public charter schools across Washington state
  • Growing our relationships with legislators, policymakers, advocacy partners, educators, parents and communities to ensure state policies and laws continue to support the high-performing public charter schools.

Act Now for WA Students

When the state Supreme Court threatened the future of charter public schools, we partnered with parents, students, educators and activists to launch the Act Now for WA Students campaign to convince Washington’s state legislators to keep the schools open and funded.

ICYMI: A recent study by CRPE - Center on Reinventing Public Education report shows that #Washington charter public schools are setting the bar high and serving special education students at a higher rate than district public schools.

Read more here: bit.ly/2nrwyVO
#sped #specialeducation #charterschools
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Find out what it's like inside of Washington's charter public schools, where teachers can customize curriculum for different learning styles and give students the personal attention they need to succeed. ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

Huge shout out to the more than 40 volunteers who turned out for Willow Public School, Walla Walla's day of service on Saturday. Because of your support, Willow is ready to welcome students for orientation TODAY! ... See MoreSee Less

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