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Free Webinar Opportunity to learn about Public Charter School Facilities

Education Week is hosting a free webinar with experts from Colorado and California to discuss the challenges and best practices in securing facilities for public charter schools. The webinar will be on Thursday, August 1, from 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) to 12 p.m. PST (3 p.m. EST). Register here: http://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html.

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Disadvantaged Students Benefit Most from Charter Schools

Across the country, charter schools are playing an important role in providing educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds. New research from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University suggests that charter schools may be particularly effective in benefiting low-income students, students from communities of color, and English-language learners. These findings … Read More

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Ahead of the Curve

There are 295 school districts across the state of Washington. And so far only one, Spokane Public Schools, has opted to become a charter school authorizer. One reason, Superintendent Shelley Redinger says, is because local district leadership has experience in the charter school world. “When I was in Oregon as a superintendent, we jumped on … Read More

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Arne Duncan Says Charters “Deliver on the Dream”

Last week, education and charter school leaders met in Washington, D.C. for the 2013 National Charter School Conference, where Arne Duncan provided a powerful call to action for charters to continue to innovate and find even more ways to support students, particularly those who have historically been overlooked. “[The charter school movement has]shown that you … Read More

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Spokane Public Schools step closer to charter schools

Spokane Public Schools is on its way to establishing the first charter school in Washington. That should come as no surprise: Superintendent Shelley Redinger announced the district’s desire for a charter school before final votes were tallied on the initiative in November. Spokane Public Schools, the state’s second-largest district, was the only district to apply by … Read More

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Statement in response to the I-1240 lawsuit

In response to the recent lawsuit filed challenging the voter-supported I-1240 initiative, the Washington State Charters Schools Association issued a statement that can be found below. Note that the Association also answered some frequently asked questions regarding this action. Please take the time to read the information below, and know that the Association is confident … Read More

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Association Statement: I-1240 Lawsuit

For Immediate Release | July 8, 2013 – Public charter schools are part of a range of solutions that will enable every child in Washington to have access to a great education. Washington parents and voters agreed with this when they approved Washington’s charter school law last year. In November, 2012, parents and voters approved the … Read More

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Editorial: Charter Schools Association an ally in shaping new schools

This editorial about the Association ran in The Seattle Times on Sunday, July 7. SKEPTICS and proponents of charter schools have a new ally. The Charter Schools Association sees the potential of innovative nontraditional public schools, but is smartly branding itself as an incubator for quality efforts and a watchdog ensuring those efforts yield results. Created by … Read More

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Coalition’s suit challenges state’s charter-schools law

The drama over whether to allow charter schools in Washington state is getting another act. A coalition led by the state teachers union filed a long-awaited lawsuit Wednesday, turning to the courts after state voters narrowly approved the schools on supporters’ fourth attempt last November. The claim that charters violate the state constitution is the … Read More

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Community activist and grandmother learning from others

Yalonda Gill Masundire is a community activist and grandmother who lives in southeast Seattle. She supports public charter schools because she wants all students to have access to an excellent public education. Yalonda believes the flexibility that public charters schools are afforded is one of their biggest strengths. “Public charter schools set their own schedules, … Read More