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.

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

FUN FACT: Last year, students at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy exceeded their projected academic growth in Reading and Math – exceeding math projections by 250% based on nationally normed tests! ... See MoreSee Less

FUN FACT: In 2018, SOAR Academy experienced gap-closing success for 100% of kindergarteners in Math and 87% in reading! ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

FUN FACT: 100% of seniors at Summit Public Schools - Washington Sierra campus are taking at least 3 AP classes. Nationally, only 30% of high school seniors take an AP class! ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

There is nothing like curling up with a good book! Check out these Impact Public Schools kindergarteners flexing their reading muscles! 📚💪🏽📚💪🏾📚💪🏼 ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

Check out the Summit Olympus volleyball team vs. faculty! Some students were also celebrating senior night. They will be among the very first to graduate HS from a charter public school in Washington! ... See MoreSee Less

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

Many thanks to all those who attended our first ever Game Changers Breakfast this morning! We appreciate your unwavering support. Your commitment ensures that families have free, innovative, public school options, and will impact the 3,400 students currently attending charter public schools and many more students and families into the future. Hear more from students about their experiences at wacharters.org/blog/ ... See MoreSee Less

“I’ve had tremendous support in accomplishing my goals with help from my teachers, mentors and principal…At Summit Sierra, faculty believe in students even when students don’t believe in themselves.”

Spotlight Speaker Ashley Clark at the first annual Game Changers Breakfast. Ashley is a senior at Summit Public Schools - Washington Sierra campus. She will be one of the first charter public school graduates in Washington state.

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“All students deserve high-quality education that prepares them for college, career and life.”

Dr. Sullivan, founder of Ashé Preparatory Academy and Spotlight Speaker at the first annual Game Changers Breakfast.

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

Attendees of the first annual Game Changers Breakfast heard from Chief Executive Officer Patrick D’Amelio and Chief Program Officer Rekha Bhatt about major achievements at each Washington charter public school and plans for the future of the sector.

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Washington State Charter Schools Association

Welcomed by CEO Patrick D'Amelio, advocates, supporters, families, students and school staff celebrated the recent Washington State Supreme Court ruling in favor of charter public schools at the first annual Game Changers Breakfast!
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1 week ago

Washington State Charter Schools Association

Let the games begin! Chess season has kicked off at Spokane International Academy where a whopping 72 students--25% of the student body--participates! ♘♟️♔♛ ... See MoreSee Less

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