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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

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

The 2020-21 school year is upon us, and the state’s 12 charter public schools are fully launched and serving students remotely, including three new schools to the sector: Catalyst Public School: Bremerton, Lumen High School in Spokane, and Impact | Salish Sea Elementary south of Seattle. Last spring, we witnessed a nationwide scramble to keep … Read More

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Kitsap’s first charter school opens amid the pandemic

BREMERTON — This wasn’t how Amanda Gardner and Tatiana Epanchin pictured opening Kitsap County’s first charter school. Catalyst Public Schools will launch its inaugural year on Sept. 8 with all remote learning, a move that all other public schools in Kitsap and North Mason counties have adopted to curb transmission of COVID-19 on the advice of public … Read More

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College Bound in 2020: Summit Charter Schools Deliver College-Preparatory Programs That Work, Even During COVID-19

Founding Summit Summit Public Schools was founded 17 years ago by a passionate group of parents who believed that zip codes and test scores should not determine who is ‘successful’ after high school. Established first in California, Summit has grown to include three charter public schools in Washington – high schools Summit Olympus in Tacoma … Read More

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Impact Charter Public Schools: Never Underestimate the Capacity of Young People

Spring of 2020 was hard on communities the world over. But with COVID-19 shuttering schools, children bore a unique burden – to manage much of their learning independently.  When Impact Public Schools – an elementary charter public school network headquartered in Tukwila – began adaptive programs for their scholars to learn at home, they were … Read More

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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