WA Charters Statement on Supreme Court’s Refusal to Reconsider Ruling

Today’s decision from the Washington State Supreme Court denying both Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s and the Washington State Charter Schools Association’s motions to reconsider the unfair September ruling that threatens to shut down Washington’s public charter schools is deeply disappointing and harmful to the more than 1,100 students currently enrolled in those schools. It is also disrespectful to Washington’s voters, who collectively supported the ballot initiative that allowed our state’s public charter schools to open. Not only has the Court relied on an antique and dated constitutional framework to reach its decision, but the implications of this decision are sweeping and could impact students attending tribal compact schools, Running Start, and other important public educational programs as well.

Fittingly, today’s decision comes as more than 400 students and parents from Washington’s public charter schools are headed home from a day of action in Olympia urging legislators on both sides of the aisle to fix the glitch that allowed the Court to rule against the more than 1,100 kids currently enrolled in charter schools and potentially many more attending other public school programs.

While we are working on contingency plans that will keep Washington’s charters schools open and kids in class, the urgency for legislators to act to keep school doors open is now even greater. We are calling on legislators to act now for Washington students by finding a permanent solution that keeps the school house doors open.

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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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Be sure to check out the SOAR Academy takeover of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools IG account TODAY! Follow here: www.instagram.com/charteralliance/?hl=en ... See MoreSee Less

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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