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Meet Bridget Lester: First Grade Teacher at Catalyst Public Schools

My first glimpse of Catalyst Public Schools was at Monica’s Café in the heart of Silverdale. There, I met with school leaders Tatiana and Amanda to learn about their brand-new public charter school. I was exploring elementary school options for my son, Jacob. The connection was instant. Everything they described about the school resonated with … Read More

Call for CSP Subgrant Reviewers

WA Charters seeks peer reviewers for CSP subgrant competition – summer 2020 WA Charters is seeking peer reviewers with experience in the charter public school sector to serve on an Application Review Team for the Charter School Program subgrant process. The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) holds the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) … Read More

Statement on Governor’s Proclamation to close K-12 school buildings for the remainder of the school year

All charter public schools in Washington state are following the proclamation from the Governor to close all K-12 school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Charter public schools recognize closing school buildings for the rest of this school year is extremely challenging for students, staff, families and the community. Our charter public … Read More

FAQ: Washington Charter Public Schools, COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

We recognize school closures related to COVID-19 are extremely difficult for students, staff, families and the community and that you’ll have questions. Below are answers to some questions you may have about the school closures. For more information on community resources, see our COVID-19 Resource Page. Are charter schools currently open? On March 13, Governor … Read More

Statement on Governor’s Proclamation to close K-12 schools

All charter public schools in Washington state are following the proclamation from the Governor to close all K-12 schools no later than March 17 until April 24. Each school has been actively communicating transition details to their students, families, and faculty. Charter public schools recognize closing school is extremely difficult for students, staff, families and … Read More

Charter schools are public schools and deserve more equitable funding

Editor’s note: Today’s guest editorial originally appeared in The Columbian. Editorial content from other publications and authors is provided to give readers a sampling of regional and national opinion and does not necessarily reflect positions endorsed by the Editorial Board of The Daily News. This month, Washington’s voters will consider 184 public-school levies and 20 bond … Read More

Charter schools are public schools and deserve more equitable funding

This month, Washington’s voters will consider 184 public-school levies and 20 bond measures representing a collective $6.75 billion, according to the Washington Education Association (WEA). But, even if voters approve the measures, the state’s nine charter schools won’t see a single dime. Washington’s public charter schools receive state funding for basic education, just as traditional … Read More

Harris introduces bill on charter school administration

State Rep. Paul Harris is hoping that a bill he introduced last week will improve success of charter schools. On Jan. 30 House Bill 2853, primarily sponsored by Harris, R-Vancouver, was heard in the House Committee on Education. The bill’s main focus was allowing the Washington State Charter School Commission to hire an executive director, … Read More

Dare to be different – PRIDE Schools Annual Fundraising Gala

Join our fantastic night of fundraising for PRIDE Schools – PRIDE Prep Middle School and Innovation High School – on February 6th, 2020! This event will include hors d’oeuvres & beverages, silent & live auctions, student fashion show, digital music performances, and more! PRIDE Schools is a free public charter school district in Spokane, WA. Our mission is to prepare a … Read More

Charter school for teen parents opens in September

SPOKANE, Wash. — Sometimes kids can be a handful. Imagine being a teen parent, having to juggle school, your child and possibly work. A new charter school opening this fall is hoping to help. Some days, for 15-year-old Dawn Stradley-Seager, she has to choose between being a mom or being a student. “It’s really hard … Read More