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Spokane Native to Open Public Charter School

For Immediate Release | September 25, 2014 Spokane International Academy Approved to Open a K-8 in the Fall of 2015 Spokane, Wash. – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Thomas Franta today announced that Spokane native, local public school teacher and parent Travis Franklin was approved by Spokane Public Schools to open the … Read More

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Broad Coalition of Supporters File Briefs in Support of Charter Law

For Immediate Release | September 12, 2014 Parents, Educators, Approved Charter Schools, Civic Leaders, Education Advocates, Community and Business Leaders Signal Strong Support for Washington’s Charter School Law Olympia, Wash. – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Thomas Franta issued the following statement applauding the action of a broad coalition of public charter … Read More

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Video: Opening New Doors for Students

A look at Washington’s first public charter schools.

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First Place Opening Event Photos

Seattle – Last week we were thrilled to celebrate the opening of First Place Scholars Charter School – Washington state’s first public charter school. Opening its doors in Seattle’s Central District, First Place welcomed 98 students in grades K-5. For 25 years, First Place has established itself as a community-based organization that was willing to … Read More

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Public Forums Announced

The Washington State Charter School Commission and Spokane Public Schools have announced the schedules of public forums for schools seeking authorization in October.  There are four schools that submitted applications to the Commission and another three that submitted to Spokane Public Schools.   Spokane Public Schools Forum Schedule September 10, 20147-9pm200 N. Bernard St. Spokane, WA 99201 iLEAD … Read More

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First Public Charter School in Washington State to Open

For Immediate Release | September 2, 2014 First Place Scholars Charter School to Serve Underserved Families in Seattle Seattle – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Thomas Franta issued the following statement celebrating the opening of First Place Scholars Charter School – Washington state’s first public charter school. Tomorrow, First Place will begin … Read More