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Attorney General Ferguson Submits Powerful Brief Urging Court to Fund Public Charter Schools, Latest in a Week of Strong Support

For Immediate Release | October 30, 2015 Plaintiffs ‘Myopic’ in Ignoring Damage to Students that Loss of Funding Would Cause Seattle—Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson submitted a brief yesterday afternoon urging the Washington State Supreme Court to keep public funds coming to the state’s nine public charter schools. The strongly worded argument cites the harm … Read More

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Gregoire, McKenna and two other former Attorneys General challenge state Supreme Court ruling on charters

For Immediate Release | October 28, 2015 Four Former AG’s File Brief Urging Court to Reconsider Ruling That Threatens to Close Public Schools, Could Have Broad Implications Across Multiple State Programs AG’s: “Reconsideration is appropriate” Seattle – A bipartisan coalition of former Washington Attorneys General have joined in urging the Washington State Supreme Court to … Read More

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Washington State legislators from both sides of the aisle urge state Supreme Court to reconsider public charter school ruling

Ruling infringes on legislative role, harms low-income students and threatens to close nine local schools | Clibborn, Magendanz, Pettigrew, Smith, Springer, Braun, Fain, Hobbs, Litzow, and Mullet step up for WA students Seattle— Today, Philip Talmadge, former Washington State Supreme Court Justice and state legislator, submitted an amicus, or “friend of the Court” brief urging the state … Read More

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Parent Letter To Rep. Pettigrew by Lynn Gilliland

Hi Rep. Pettigrew, I was at the meeting last week at Summit Sierra and didn’t get an opportunity to personally come over and give you a big hug for understanding the great need for educational alternatives for students!! I am a mom and my youngest daughter attends Summit Sierra. Since first grade, school has been … Read More

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WA Charters and other Intervenors ask state Supreme Court to reconsider charter school ruling

For Immediate Release | October 23, 2015 Seattle— Today, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters), along with other intervenors, filed a motion asking the Washington State Supreme Court to reconsider its charter school ruling. WA Charters CEO Thomas Franta released the following statement: We are asking the Washington State Supreme Court to reconsider its … Read More

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Teacher Perspective: The Need for Public School Choice for Teachers

By Kayla Vickaryous, 6th Grade English Language Arts and Literacy Enrichment teacher at Destiny Middle School Eight months ago I made a major decision that some might consider a road less traveled. I consider it the only logical choice. Last February, I accepted a job as a founding teacher at the new Destiny Middle School – the … Read More

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Summit Public Schools Washington: Board of Directors’ open letter to the state Supreme Court

    As the members of the board of directors of Summit Public Schools in the State of Washington, we were of course highly disappointed by your 6-3 decision last month to shut down Washington charter schools. By going against the will of the voters in our state and courts across the country, it devastated … Read More

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Parent Perspective: For my family, it’s about the freedom to choose the best fit

Since the State Supreme Court ruled Washington’s voter-approved public charter school law unconstitutional, we’ve heard from hundreds of parents who passionately want to see charter schools continue—as they’re already seeing positive results in their kids. For parents like Shirline Wilson, whose son Miles attends middle school at Rainier Prep in Highline, access to public charter … Read More

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WA Charters Asks Supreme Court to Delay Charter School Ruling

For Immediate Release | October 1, 2015 On Wednesday, September 30, the Washington State Charter Schools Association joined Attorney General Bob Ferguson in filing a motion asking the Court to delay the effective date of its ruling until the end of the school year (June 30, 2016). “Nearly 1,300 students are currently enrolled in nine … Read More