Act Now for Washington Students

Charter public schools are new in Washington state and that makes them vulnerable to politicians and special interests who don’t understand their unique value.

Take the recent ruling by the WA Supreme Court. Just two years after Washington voters passed an initiative to create 40 charter public schools, the Court cut off funding and threatened to maroon more than 1,100 students. The ruling was unfair and came as a shock to the legal community and charter families.

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. We made sure lawmakers in Olympia knew the facts:

  • Two-thirds of charter public school students are from historically underserved communities of color and families struggling with poverty
  • 2015-16 school year data shows remarkable progress in reading and math
  • Charter public schools are tuition-free and open to all students
  • Washington’s charter public schools are held accountable for student outcomes, and must meet standards that are among the strongest in the nation

We drove home the message when hundreds of students marched on the Capitol and spoke directly to elected officials. Parents like Shirline Wilson, Jessica Garcia and many more shared their personal stories. Thousands signed on to support Washington’s charter public school families. And they were heard.

In April, 2016, SB 6194 became law, addressing the funding concern identified by the Court and creating a pathway for the creation of new innovative charter public schools in Washington.

The Act Now campaign showed how valuable these schools are to Washington families, and why parents and students won’t surrender them without a fight.

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, one of our country’s greatest advocates for education and civil rights.

We are proud to see his legacy alive in charter public school students and classrooms across the state.

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King Jr.
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Congrats to Impact Public Schools on a great event with founding families and students! ... See MoreSee Less

Only one day left until 2018! This is your last chance to give your year-end, tax-deductible gift to the Washington State Charter Schools Association and give a life-changing gift of education. wacharters.org/give/ ... See MoreSee Less

SHARE: Read our new blog post to learn how from starting the school to welcoming students every morning, Rainier Prep Public Charter School is building a school culture focused on community and student engagement. wacharters.org/every-day-rainier-prep-ritual-community-engagement/ ... See MoreSee Less

We are currently accepting applications for our School Leadership and Design Fellowship that supports diverse leaders realize their goal of opening a charter public school in Washington state.

Learn more on this webinar about how we can help you open a high-quality public school in Washington goo.gl/zUkard
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Meet Kai. He’s getting a great education at a charter public school.

"I'm in 2nd grade at Spokane International Academy. I love my school because of my science club and all the fun things we learn and do there. At SIA we have Spanish starting in kindergarten. My teachers are very nice and help me learn."

With your support, we can help more schools like Kai's open, and more students like Kai get a world-class education. A gift of any size is meaningful and will make a difference for children in Washington state. wacharters.org/give/
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For thousands of children in Washington State, a high-quality education is out of reach. Washington is home to startling - and increasing - educational inequities for children from low-income communities, children with special needs, and children of color.

We can change this by providing our children with high-quality charter public school options that show what's possible when innovation meets accountability.

Challenge inequity and support innovation by giving to WA Charters this #GivingTuesday. wacharters.org/give/
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