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On the Biden and Harris Inauguration

Today, the United States participated in one of the most fundamental pillars of our democracy – the peaceful transition of power. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been sworn in as the 46th President and Vice-President of the United States in an inauguration ceremony unlike any we’ve seen before.  What makes today’s inauguration unlike any … Read More

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Changemaking Through an International Lens at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

Multilingual Learner Coordinator, Erica Carmichael, joined the staff of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy (RVLA) – a charter public school in South Seattle – just over a year ago. Her daughter, Nya, is also a student there. Erica and Nya’s story takes them from their home state of Georgia across the world to Abu Dhabi and … Read More

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A letter from our CEO on Wednesday’s events in the Capitol

Dear Charter Community, Yesterday’s violent insurrection in our nation’s Capitol was a direct assault on our democracy and has left us reeling. Personally, I am feeling a mix of anger, grief, and dismay, as well as deep concern over how students, including my own children, are experiencing these troubling events.  Today, my heart and mind … Read More

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Reflections on a tough year

Dear community, As 2020 draws to a close, we are humbled and grateful to be part of the Washington state charter public school sector. It has been a challenging year, and one that our growing sector should be proud of. The switch to distance learning was met with flexibility and ingenuity by our talented leaders, educators, … Read More

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Rooted School Unanimously Approved to Open Game-Changing Charter Public High School in Vancouver, Washington

Washington State Charter School Commission Authorizes Opening in Fall 2022  Last Thursday, the Washington State Charter School Commission unanimously authorized Rooted School to open a charter public high school in Vancouver, WA in fall 2022.  This will be the third school in the Rooted School network, and the first in Washington state. For the last 18 months, Rooted … Read More

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Rooted School Unanimously Approved to Open Game-Changing Charter Public High School in Vancouver, Washington

Washington State Charter School Commission Authorizes Opening in Fall 2022  December 21, 2020—Olympia, WA— Last Thursday, the Washington State Charter School Commission unanimously authorized Rooted School to open a charter public high school in Vancouver, WA in fall 2022.  This will be the third school in the Rooted School network, and the first in Washington state. For the … Read More

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Attend a virtual public forum to help Jonathan Johnson change the game in Vancouver

“We deeply believe that our communities can do more to help young people on the lower rungs of the economic ladder rise up in their lifetimes.”  By Jonathan Johnson, Founder, Rooted School  I discovered my why during the middle of my third-grade year. After coming home from playing with friends, I walked into the sound … Read More

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Washington Charters statement on the November 2020 Election

We know that many of you are processing the election results in different ways. While each election has a winner and a loser, this election has been particularly difficult and divisive. There are students and families who have been deeply worried about what this election means for themselves, their loved ones, and their friends and … Read More

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First ever Why Not You Academy launched in Washington

For Immediate Release | October 28, 2020Contact: Maggie Meyers at maggie@wacharters.org or 724.263.9826 Des Moines, WA – Today, the Why Not You Foundation announced, alongside founders Russell Wilson and Ciara, the launch of the first-ever Why Not You Academy in Washington state, just south of Seattle. Opening in Fall 2021, the new high school is a partnership … Read More

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A New and Different School Year: How Washington’s Charter Public Schools Are Prepared to Go Remote for Fall 2020

For Immediate Release | August 27, 2020Contact: Maggie Meyers at maggie@wacharters.org or 724.263.9826 Seattle WA. —The 2020-21 school year is upon us, with six of the state’s 12 charter public schools already fully launched and serving students. All 12 charter public schools operating across the state will begin their school year remotely, including three new … Read More