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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

Charter schools are new to Washington state. How strong is the law behind them?

With one year left for the state to authorize new charter schools, a national ranking of charter-school laws placed Washington’s near the top. This week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a list of how states stack up against what it considers a “gold standard” model for charter-school laws. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, which advocates on behalf … Read More

New state rankings report compares charter school laws state by state

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its annual ranking of state charter school laws, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, Eleventh Edition in conjunction with National School Choice Week. For more than a decade, this report has analyzed how well each state aligns its charter school … Read More

Rep. Paul Harris introduces legislation aimed at helping charter schools thrive

House Bill 2853 would promote the administration of the Washington State Charter School Commission In an effort to improve success at Washington state charter schools, Rep. Paul Harris has introduced a bill that would enhance administration capabilities at these schools. “We all learn differently,” said Harris, R-Vancouver, who testified during a public hearing in the House Committee on … Read More