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Advocate

Join the movement to ensure that every student in Washington State gets a public education that puts them on the path to a successful future.

Hear from Charter Public School Advocates!

What We Are Advocating For

Funding Equity

The average student at a Washington State Charter public school receives 25% less in ongoing funding than a student at a traditional public school. This funding gap means there are fewer resources for students who need that funding most. This inequity persists because charter public schools are not entitled to local property tax levies, creating a funding gap from $1,500 to $3,000 per student, and do not receive dedicated facilities funding.

More Time to Open New Schools

State law capped charter school openings at 40 within a five-year span, which ended in 2021. Today, there are 18 charter public schools. Allowing time for up to 40 to open would fulfill the legislative and voter intent and benefit marginalized students.

Funding Equity

Unlike traditional public schools, Washington’s charters do not have dedicated funding for facilities. As a result, about 10% of charter budgets, intended to support teaching and learning, go to facilities.

Special Education

Together with other public education advocates, we are passionate about improving special education services for all students in our state who qualify for them.

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Upcoming Events

February Session Update

Zoom Meeting [VIRTUAL WORKSHOP]

These events are for charter public school families, friends, staff, and community members to come together and learn about the progress of our legislative priorities and steps you can take to help support our priorities.

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March Session Update

Zoom Meeting [VIRTUAL WORKSHOP]

These events are for charter public school families, friends, staff, and community members to come together and learn about the progress of our legislative priorities and steps you can take to help support our priorities.

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2024 Session Recap

Zoom Meeting [VIRTUAL WORKSHOP]

This event will recap the 2024 legislative session. We will discuss final outcomes for bills related to K-12 public education, including charter public schools. This event will be hosted by WA Charters, a statewide nonprofit supporting charter public schools. Please mark your calendars for Weds, March 20th at 6:30 pm. This public event is open to all who are interested.

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