State Charter Commission to host public forums next week in West Seattle and Walla Walla

Jul 15, 2015 | Blog, Events, Updates

Come Learn About and Support Our Future Public Charter Schools Founders

The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) is thrilled to announce that two high-quality applicants have submitted applications to open new charter schools in our state: Summit Public Schools Washington (West Seattle) and Willow Public School (Walla Walla). As part of the official charter school application process, the Washington State Charter School Commission will be hosting public forums to hear directly from these prospective school founders and to learn more about the educational needs of their communities.

The public forum is a key opportunity for parents, local residents and other members of the community to learn about and provide input on the proposed charter school. At the forum, the proposed charter school operator provides a brief overview of their school, including intended outcomes, followed by public comment from the community. The public forums are evening events and will last 90 minutes.

Please join us to support our prospective school founders and convey to the state charter commissioners that charters empower parents to choose the best public education option for their student. With one in every five Washington students dropping out of school each year, the state charter commissioners need to hear from parents, families and community leaders about why it’s so important to bring more high-quality public school options to our state.

Public Forums

Summit Public Schools: West Seattle

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
9601 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

Willow Public School

Thursday, July 23, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Walla Walla Housing Authority Gym
501 Cayuse Street
Walla Walla, Washington 99362

About WA Charters

WA Charters is a statewide nonprofit organization that partners with communities to advocate for and support the startup of high-quality public charter schools, with a focus on serving academically and economically underserved communities. WA Charters focuses on four key areas of support: providing information about charter schools; supporting leaders to grow high-performing public charter schools; advocating for law and policy changes that are in the best interest of students; and providing the critical support and services to help charter schools operate successfully.

About Charter Schools

Charter schools are a type of public school. Like all public schools, they do not charge tuition, they are open to all students, and they are publicly funded. However, charter schools are held more accountable for showing improved student achievement. In exchange for greater accountability, teachers and principals are given more flexibility to customize their teaching methods and curriculum to improve student learning.

For more information, please contact Maggie Meyers at: