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Release: House Education Committee Votes Against Moving SB 6194 Forward

For Immediate Release | February 25, 2016 Education committee votes down bill as kids watch; 15 days remain to save schools OLYMPIA, WA — A bill that would save public charter schools and reinstate the 2012 voter-approved law was killed by Democrats in the House of Representatives Education Committee this morning. The decision came as … Read More

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An Educator’s Open Letter to Legislators: Please Save Public Charter Schools

Dear Legislators: I am a Washington resident and an educator with a graduate degree in education from Stanford University who has worked in district, charter, and international schools. I am a lifelong Democrat who cares deeply about public education. I find the arguments against charter schools among the public and by bloggers to be largely misinformed and … Read More

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Parents, Students, Advocates to House Education Committee: “Please Save Our Schools”

For Immediate Release | February 19, 2016 OLYMPIA — More than 75 public charter school parents, students, community leaders and advocates traveled from across the state to Olympia today to support Senate Bill 6194, a bipartisan bill that would save public charter schools in Washington State and reflect the will of the voters. The House … Read More

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16,550 Supporters and Counting in Campaign to Keep Public Charter Schools Open

For Immediate Release | February 11, 2016 Campaign to Keep Washington’s Public Charter Schools Open Continues to Build Momentum OLYMPIA – Act Now for Washington Students—the student and parent led coalition to keep Washington’s public charter schools open and serving diverse communities—continues to build momentum, with a base of supporters that has grown to more than … Read More

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Early Success

See what new data reveals about how Washington’s public charter schools are helping students make rapid improvements and are working to close historic racial and income-based achievement gaps.  

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Washington’s Public Charter Schools on Path to Successful First Year Despite Threat of Closure Following State Supreme Court Ruling

For Immediate Release | February 8, 2016 Early Data Indicates Rapid Gains in Student Achievement SEATTLE – Data released this week from several of Washington’s public charter schools reveals that the new schools are helping students make rapid improvements and working to close historic racial and income-based achievement gaps. Mid-year testing results indicate significant gains … Read More

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Summit Olympus Student To Serve As Senator O’Ban Page

Katie Wilton (right) will be a Senate page this year. Katie Wilton, a founding student at Summit Olympus, will serve as a page for Washington state Senator Steve O’Ban for a week in Olympia at the end of the month. Being selected as a page is an honor that hundreds of students across the state … Read More

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Summit Sierra Parent Responds to Sen. Hasegawa’s Remarks

By Natalie Hester Listening to Senator Bob Hasegawa’s comments last week during the floor debate for Senate Bill 6194, I felt disrespected and underestimated. When he said, “This might not be the most politically correct thing to say, but I get offended when people start parading poor little brown and black faces out there,” Sen. … Read More

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A Parent’s Letter to Senator Hasegawa: Please Listen

I am a public school parent from Seattle, Washington. My teenage son Miles is enrolled in Rainier Prep, a public charter middle school in South King County. Since doors opened last fall, I’ve watched Miles learn to love school. Since the state Supreme Court issued a ruling that threatens to close his school, we’ve been … Read More