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Attorney General asks Supreme Court to reconsider charter school ruling

This afternoon, Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a Motion for Reconsideration in response to the State Supreme Court’s ruling on our voter-approved public charter school law. A news release from his office said the Court’s opinion “goes beyond what is necessary to resolve this case, creates tension with other decisions of this court, and calls into question … Read More

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Parents, Community Members and Policy Makers Celebrate Seattle’s First Public Charter High School

Before an energetic crowd on Wednesday, Summit Sierra ninth graders, parents and educators talked about the first month of school, the community they have built and their disappointment over the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the state charter law is unconstitutional. Jen Wickens, Summit Washington Chief Regional Officer, said Summit Public Schools, which opened its … Read More

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State Supreme Court Grants Extension to File Motion for Reconsideration to October 23

Last Friday, the State Supreme Court granted a request by the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) to extend the deadline to file a Motion for Reconsideration to October 23. This additional time gives WA Charters and our member public charter schools an opportunity to thoroughly explore the Court’s decision and the full range … Read More

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Former Gov. Gregoire on the State Supreme Court ruling

Earlier today, Christine Gregoire, former Washington state governor and attorney general, spoke with KING 5 about the Washington State Supreme Court’s ruling on our voter-approved public charter school law. When asked about her interpretation of the law, Gregoire noted that as a former attorney general, she was very surprised by the ruling. “I think the … Read More

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Letter from State Superintendent Randy Dorn to Charter School Parents

Today, Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction, sent the following letter to public charter school parents across the state—reassuring them that the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is committed to ensuring that there will not be a disruption to the education of students enrolled in our state’s nine charter schools. Read Supt. Dorn’s full letter … Read More

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For our family, Spokane International Academy was the perfect fit

Since the Supreme Court ruled the charter school law unconstitutional last Friday, parents across the state have reached out to us to voice their support for the children’s school and share their stories. Below is one story shared by parent Erica Fox. By Erica Fox My child, Mikayla, attends Spokane International Academy (SIA) and is in the … Read More

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Q & A: Supreme Court Ruling on Charter School Law

Answers to basic questions about the State Supreme Court ruling on charter schools in Washington state.

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Updated: WA Charters Statement on Yesterday’s State Supreme Court Ruling

For Immediate Release | September 5, 2015 WA Charters is shocked and deeply disappointed with the State Supreme Court’s ruling, which rejected the public charter school law that voters approved in 2012—recognized as one of the strongest in the nation. The decision was based on a century-old precedent and said that public charter schools cannot receive … Read More

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Partner Statements on State Supreme Court Ruling

WA Charters is not the only organization to weigh in on the State Supreme Court ruling on public charter schools. Take a look at the excerpts below and links to the full statements from state and national partners. Democrats for Education Reform: DFER-WA Statement on Washington State Supreme Court Ruling on Public Charter Schools “Late … Read More

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WA Charters Statement: Supreme Court Ruling on Charter Law

For Immediate Release | September 4, 2015 Today, the Washington Supreme Court issued its ruling on public charter schools in our state. Legal experts are carefully reviewing the decision to determine how it will be applied, and we will have a full statement as soon as we have more details. Washington state’s voter-approved public charter … Read More