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400+ Students and Parents Held Day of Action in Olympia, Calling on Legislators to “Keep Our Public Schools Open”

With court ruling threatening to put more than 1,100 out of their public schools, group asks state representatives to “fix this mess” Olympia— Yesterday, as the Washington State Supreme Court announced its refusal reconsider its unfair September ruling, more than 400 students, parents and educators from Washington’s public charter schools were heading home from a Day of Action in Olympia, where … Read More

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WA Charters Statement on Supreme Court’s Refusal to Reconsider Ruling

For Immediate Release | November 20, 2015 Today’s decision from the Washington State Supreme Court denying both Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s and the Washington State Charter Schools Association’s motions to reconsider the unfair September ruling that threatens to shut down Washington’s public charter schools is deeply disappointing and harmful to the more than 1,100 students … Read More

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Act Now for Washington Students: Coalition to Protect Washington’s Public Charter Schools Launches

For Immediate Release | November 17, 2015 School closures would displace, harm more than 1,100 students, primarily from families of color and communities struggling with poverty Seattle – Parents, students and education advocates announced a new coalition today committed to preventing Washington’s voter-approved public charter schools from being forced to close. Under the banner of Act … Read More

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Parent Perspective: A Summit Parent’s Letter to the Editor

The following letter appeared in the Northwest Asian Weekly on November 6, 2015 After the recent Washington Supreme Court ruling that said public charter schools were unconstitutional, my family was devastated. Thank you to the bipartisan group of elected officials – Senators Braun, Fain, Hobbs, Litzow and Mullet and Representatives Clibborn, Magendanz, Pettigrew, Smith and … Read More

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Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora The issue of charter schools is our state’s newest political hotbed – if you’re “for” charters, you must be Republican and anti-teacher/anti-union, and if you’re “for” public schools, well then of course you’re Democrat and most assuredly can’t support charters. All the rhetoric, all the vitriol, all the heated arguments supporting “your … Read More

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Parent Perspective: For the first time, my son is thriving at school

By Deanne Hilburn My son Austin is a sixth grader at Excel Public Charter School in Kent, Washington. We chose Excel because we needed an option for our son that would allow him to thrive in his academic environment. Last school year, Austin was becoming increasingly frustrated and angry. He was chronically ill and full … Read More