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Seeking New CEO

Are you passionate about education reform in Washington State? Do you want to lead the implementation of high-quality public charter schools in districts across Washington? If so, we are seeking an accomplished leader and visionary entrepreneur to serve as Chief Executive Officer of The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters). The Chief Executive Officer … Read More

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Happy Hour Discussion with National Blended Learning Experts

October 8th5pm – 7pmMcKinstry Innovation Center210 S. Hudson Street (3rd floor)Free parking available on the first and second floors Please join us for an evening of refreshments and powerful dialogue around high performing next generation models that are emerging around the country and rapidly closing the achievement and opportunity gaps.  This is an opportunity to meet two … Read More

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Next Steps for Washington State Charters

There have been some exciting recent developments toward the development of high-quality public charter schools in Washington. Earlier this month, the State Board of Education approved Spokane Public Schools’ request to become a charter school authorizer, the first school district of its kind in Washington. Potential charter school operators are moving fast to apply. The … Read More

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Opportunity for Washington Charter Applicants

In order to support the growing charter school movement in our state, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) is launching a new membership program for Washington charter school development teams. We are inviting charter school development teams preparing proposals for November 22 to become inaugural members of WA Charters for a one-time fee … Read More

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State now taking applications for charter schools

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington state’s new Charter School Commission opened the statewide application process for charter schools on Monday. The first step in the process is an Oct. 22 deadline for submitting a letter of intent to apply to open a school. Then potential charter operators have until Nov. 22 to submit their applications. The … Read More

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Tacoma shows new interest in charter schools

Board members say questions that stopped them from filing an application last year have been answered Tacoma Public Schools will submit a second letter of intent to state officials, indicating the district’s renewed interest in possibly becoming an authorizer of charter schools. But the soonest a charter school could open in Tacoma with the district’s … Read More

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Washington’s charter-school pioneers need to be bold

Three Washington educators are at the forefront of the state’s new charter school effort. Columnist Lynne K. Varner welcomes them to this exciting endeavor. Today I’m welcoming to the scene three Washington state educators with huge ambitions to raise high-school graduation rates and enroll more kids in college. Their success could serve as a  blueprint … Read More

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Three women and a charter schools movement

My column this week features three longtime Washington educators preparing to launch three separate public charter schools. Brenda McDonald, Kristina Bellamy-McClain and Maggie O’Sullivan are working with the Washington State Charter Schools Association. These women are bright, experienced and have strong ties in the communities they’re choosing to locate their schools. McDonald’s entry into the … Read More

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Washington State Voter Analysis Shows Support Among Minority Communities

This blog originally ran on the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools website. One of the most interesting aspects of last fall’s ballot box victory for public charter schools in Georgia was the overwhelming support from African-American voters at the same time that too many of their political leaders were opposing the ballot measure. We … Read More

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Spokane Public Schools taking proposals as cutoff nears

Seven years of foreign language. Extra math and science. Nine-hour school days and an extended school year. These are the makings of a charter school planned for Spokane next year. Brenda McDonald plans to submit an application to Spokane Public Schools to start Pride Prep, a free college preparatory school for sixth- through 12th-graders considered … Read More