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Districts split over charter schools

Washington voters have decided they want to add charter schools to the education mix in the state, and the three largest districts are taking different approaches to the question: What should charter schools mean to our community? Seattle has decided to basically ignore the question for now; Tacoma is still learning and exploring; and Spokane … Read More

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Five important results from new charter school study for Washington state

On Monday, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released The National Charter School Study 2013. It is an update and expansion of CREDO’s 2009 Multiple Choice, the first study to take a comprehensive look at the impact of charter schools on student performance. The National Charter School Study 2013 looked … Read More

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Federal Grant Opportunity for Washington Public Charter School Developers

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement recently announced that public charter school developers located in Washington state are eligible to apply for federal start-up funds. The deadline to apply is July 12 at 4:30 p.m. EST, 1:30 p.m. PST. This is a significant opportunity for Washington’s public charter school developers to … Read More

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Gig Harbor mom determined to open one of Washington’s first charter schools

Privately run, publicly funded schools will begin opening in our state in the fall of 2014, after Washington voters gave their approval to a charter school initiative last year. Only eight will be authorized in the first year, but Calyn Holdaway is confident she’ll be one of the lucky few. The mother from Gig Harbor … Read More

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Meet the Inaugural Washington State Charter Leader Cohort

Today, the Washington State Charter Schools Association announced the members of the inaugural Washington State Charter Leader Cohort. These committed, trailblazing school leaders were chosen from a national search that resulted in over two-dozen applicants. Representatives from parent, university, school district, and charter communities participated in the selection process. These leaders will apply to lead … Read More

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Federal Charter School Grant Webinars

The Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement has announced their 2013 grant process for planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools.  There will be two webinars explaining the application process for the start-up funds: One on Monday, June 17 at 12pm PST (3pm EST) to 1:30 pm PST (4:30 EST) One … Read More

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Summary of charter school research finds positive academic results for charter school students

There are mainly positive results for students who attend public charter schools compared with traditional public schools, a summary of current research on public charter schools concludes. The report, published by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, shows that public charter schools are outperforming comparable traditional public schools in overall student achievement, with the … Read More