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From in person to online: See how charter schools made the switch

“Our school very fluidly moved into virtual school,” said Ayanna L. Gore, Executive Director at Summit Sierra. “Being a school that’s already one-to-one computers, our curriculum already being online and having a platform, we had the tools available and we spent a lot of time supporting our students socially, emotionally and academically.”’ Free, public, and … Read More

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State Commission Authorizes Four New Charter Public Schools

For Immediate Release | June 25, 2020 Contact: Nathan Wilson at nathanw@strategies360.com or 316.250.2751 Seattle, WA—Today, the Washington State Charter School Commission voted to approve four new charter public schools: Pinnacles Prep in the Wenatchee Valley, Pullman Community Montessori in Pullman, and two new Impact Public School locations in Renton and Tacoma. The newly approved schools are set to launch in Fall 2021. Pinnacles Prep and … Read More

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Charter Sector Community Update: Action, good news, and more

As our nation has a collective reckoning with its systemic racism, The Washington State Charter Schools Association remains committed to achieving educational equity for students across Washington state and unequivocally supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the racial justice reforms that it demands.  Equity in education has always been at the center of our … Read More

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Statement on Supreme Court Rulings to protect DACA recipients and LQBTQIA+ Americans

The Supreme Court has ruled this week in two decisions that directly impact Washington state charter schools, families, and employees. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children with … Read More

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We must lift the knee that has been on the neck of Black Americans for 400 years

BY DR. THELMA JACKSON, JUNE 14, 2020 05:45 AM As a 74-year-old Black woman living in this area for 50 years, I have experienced a lot of things in my lifetime. Growing up in the Deep South under segregation and Jim Crow laws, I know too well the pain and anguish of a people who … Read More

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WA Charters Welcomes Dr. Scott as our new Chief Equity Officer

The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) is pleased to announce that John Scott, Ph. D. will be joining the staff as the organization’s Chief Equity Officer, following a twelve-month position development and recruitment process. A key tenet of the Washington state charter public school mission is to close opportunity gaps and provide equitable education for … Read More

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Technology Association of Oregon Webinar with School Leadership and Design Fellow Jonathan Johnson

Check out WA Charters School Leadership and Design Fellow, Jonathan Johnson, talk with Cara Snow, Chief Community Engagement Officer at Technology Association of Oregon, about the opportunity and need to build a career connected high school in southwest Washington. http://www.techoregon.org/blog/meet-our-members-3

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Charter Sector Community Update: Learning together

When school doors closed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Washington state charter public schools rose to the challenge, providing students with high-quality, virtual learning. Now, WA Charters is working with members, supporters, and partners to ensure the sector is prepared for what comes next. Here are just a few highlights from the past month. National and … Read More

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Impact Public Schools Honored With National “Above And Beyond” Award For Service To Students And Community During Pandemic

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2020 Contact: Nathan Wilson Phone: 316-250-2751 Email: nathanw@strategies360.com National Charter Schools Week celebrates charter school achievements May 10 – May 16, 2020 TUKWILA, WA – In celebration of National Charter Schools Week (NCSW), today, Impact Public Schools  joins a select group of 10 schools being recognized by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools as Above and Beyond Award honorees. The … Read More

Cascade Midway Academy Parent Statement: Leila, Jama’s mother

Jama is such a great helper for me. He’s so good at math he helps me manage our family budget and calculates every dollar we spend. He has so much to bring to the world. That’s why I’m really happy that we were able to enroll him at Cascade Midway Academy, which is a public … Read More