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Our Statement on the March 16th Atlanta Shooting and Attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

We are heartbroken and sickened by the violence that occurred yesterday in Atlanta, GA, resulting in serious injury and tragic loss of life. We send out our deep condolences to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and every family and individual impacted by this senseless act of violence and terror.   This is not an isolated incident. In our nation, Asian, … Read More

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One Year of COVID-19: What the Pandemic Means for Scholars’ Mental Health

March 2021 marks a bleak milestone – one-year of COVID-19-caused closures of school buildings across the country. When Washington’s public charter schools started closing and shifting their programs online, they also stepped up to support the needs of scholars, families and the wider community with food, necessities, transportation and open communications to support scholars’ mental and emotional … Read More

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Game Changers Suzet and Tiara: Demonstrating School Values in Every Lesson

Spokane International Academy (SIA), a charter public school in Spokane, promotes a global, values-centered education in its elementary and middle school programs. Suzet Teodoro and Tiara Pschaida, are delivering this vision with passion and fun for their scholars every day. Suzet teaches fourth grade and Tiara teaches Spanish for SIA’s third, fourth, and fifth grades. … Read More

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Spokane International Academy Approved to Expand from K-8 to K-12

For Immediate Release: February 23, 2021Contact: Maggie Meyers at maggie@wacharters.org or (724) 263-9826 Spokane, WA – Yesterday, The Washington State Charter School Commission announced that it approved a grade-level expansion for Spokane International Academy (SIA), to grow from a K-8 to a K-12 program, starting in the 2021-22 school year. SIA is one of four charter public schools that the state Commission … Read More

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State Commission Unanimously Approves Renewal of Four Washington Charter Public Schools, Cites a Track Record of Success

For Immediate Release | December 21, 2020Contact: Maggie Meyers at maggie@wacharters.org or 724.263.9826 Olympia, Wash. — Last Saturday, the Washington State Charter School Commission voted unanimously to renew contracts for all four of the Commission-authorized charter schools that were up for renewal, citing that all four met rigorous standards for positive student outcomes. The four schools are Rainier Prep, Spokane International Academy, Summit … Read More

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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