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Summer 2022 Professional Development in the Charter Public School Sector

This month, charter public school leaders, teachers, and staff across the state are back in school buildings, engaging in leading-edge professional development (PD), getting inspired, connected, and ready to deliver a school experience that meets not only the academic, but also the social and emotional needs of all students. Washington’s charter public schools emerged out … Read More

Commission Update Regarding Impact Public Schools

Published here by the Washington State Charter School Commission Olympia, WA – Today the Washington State Charter School Commission provided a statement and update on Impact Public Schools. “As one of the state agencies tasked with regulatory oversight of Washington’s charter public schools, we are committed to supporting the availability of education options for families … Read More

Graduate Spotlight: Krina Caldwell, Summit Sierra, Class of 2022

This summer we are sharing stories of charter public school sector seniors (now graduates). Check out the 2022 WA Charter Graduate Spotlights here! It’s time to reflect! What are you most proud of accomplishing in high school? What was most challenging?   The thing that I have the most pride over accomplishing in high school is … Read More

Our Statement in Response to U.S. Dept. of Education’s Preview of Finalized Charter Schools Program Rules 

A preview of the final rules for the administration of the Charter Schools Program and grant competition released by the U.S. Department of Education last Friday look to be less harmful than the Department’s original proposal. In March, the original proposal received an immediate and national response from parents, students, teachers, school leaders, and education … Read More

Our Statement on the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade 

While WA Charters exists to support and advocate for charter public schools, we recognize that we cannot effectively do our work if we are not responsive to the needs of our communities and the issues that impact community members’ lives beyond the walls of schools. As an anti-racist, community-rooted organization, we recognize abortion as essential … Read More

Our Statement on Gun Violence Buffalo and Uvalde

This month, we have collectively witnessed two more hateful, tragic, and completely avoidable acts of terror, with the targeted killing of ten innocent Black people in Buffalo, New York, and today, with the killing of at least 19 innocent elementary school children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts break … Read More

WA Charters Announces New Co-Presidents, Starting July 1

The WA Charters Board of Directors is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2022, Rekha Bhatt, Haid Bloxham, and Natalie Hester will be stepping into the roles of Co-Presidents to lead WA Charters in our next chapter. The co-presidency model is an innovative approach that centers equity, disrupts the status quo, and actively works … Read More

Our Statement on Summit Public Schools 2019-20 State Audit

WA Charters takes the audit findings around the issue of certification for 26 Summit public school teachers in 2019-20 very seriously. By law, charter public schools in WA are required to be staffed by certified teachers with the same limited exception that applies to all public schools. Summit was in process of applying for appropriate … Read More

Our Statement on Summit Atlas’ Charter Renewal

WA Charters congratulates Summit Public Schools: Atlas on a renewal of its charter, which will enable Atlas to continue providing an outstanding public education for students in the West Seattle area.   The State Charter School Commission yesterday approved a two-year charter renewal for Summit Atlas, a charter public school that has been serving middle and … Read More