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Spady continues his pursuit of charter-school success

No name is more synonymous with charter school fights in Washington the past two decades than Spady. Ever since Jim and Fawn Spady moved their son out of a Seattle public school and into a private one in 1994, they’ve been on the front lines of a string of unsuccessful ballot battles to legalize this alternative form … Read More

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AP article on Washington State Charter Schools Association

With the opening of Washington’s first charter school likely 15 months away, more dollars from Seattle’s tech economy are flowing toward groups that want to change the way the state thinks about public schools. In November, Washington became the 42nd state to allow the independent public schools. The initiative campaign succeeded in part because of … Read More

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Getting Washington’s charter schools right from the beginning

BY MARTA REYES-NEWBERRY Working with teachers, school districts, local leaders, parents, and state officials, we can build a public education system that works best for Washington’s students. It is that time of year. The mad dash to the school-year finish line: winding up projects, attending school concerts and award ceremonies, and preparing for summer activities. … Read More

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Collaborating to Create High Quality Public Charter Schools in Washington State

BY DAVID BLEY This post originally ran on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists blog Collaboration. It is a concept we instill in our children as early as possible, from sharing toys with siblings to being a team player at school. It is what makes good sports teams great. And what helps communities … Read More

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New Washington organization created to support high-quality public charter schools

For Immediate Release | May 22, 2013 Contact: Mary Beth Lambert, League of Education Voters, Phone: (206) 335-0191, marybeth@educationvoters.org The Washington State Charter Schools Association is a new statewide nonprofit that will support the start-up of high-quality public charter schools in Washington. Seattle – The League of Education Voters announces the creation of the Washington State Charter … Read More

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Introducing the Washington State Charter Schools Association

Welcome to the Washington State Charter Schools Association website. The Association is a new statewide nonprofit that will support the start-up of high-quality public charter schools, with a focus on serving at-risk populations and students who do not currently have access to high-performing schools. The Association focuses on three key areas or support: providing information about charter … Read More

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New study on how charter schools serve students with disabilities

A recent report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) sheds new light on the findings on a June 2012 Government Accountability Office study that found that nationally charter schools serve fewer students with disabilities than traditional public schools. CRPE’s study suggests that much more nuance is needed in looking at how charter schools … Read More

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Steps Toward Charter Schools

This blog originally appeared in Seattle’s Child Last November, Washington voters approved an initiative that allows the creation of up to 40 public charter schools over five years. The first public charter schools in Washington will likely open for the 2014-15 school year. This is great news for Washington’s students, especially those for whom traditional public schools … Read More

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Washington State Charter School Commission elects leadership

The newly formed Washington State Charter School Commission charged with authorizing charter schools and holding them accountable met this week and elected their leadership. Steve Sundquist, former President of the Seattle School Board, was chosen as Chair and Larry Wright, managing director of the Bellevue Arts Museum, was chosen as vice chair. The Commission discussed … Read More

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Washington Charter School Commission elects leaders

Washington’s new Charter School Commission elected a former Seattle School Board president as its chairman. The group also has started to solidify its plans for hiring a staff and choosing the state’s first charter schools. The group held its second meeting Tuesday in Bellevue. Steve Sundquist, who served on the Seattle School Board from 2007 … Read More