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Our statement on the most recent acts of police violence

Our hearts are with the grieving families of Adam Toledo, Daunte Wright, and all victims of racist violence and their loved ones. Our systems of policing are making a continued statement that Black and Brown lives do not matter. For Black and Brown folks this loss, grief, and trauma is generational and ongoing.  At WA … Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Dustin Dacuan is making college more accessible

As the Regional Director of College Readiness for Summit Public Schools in Washington, Dustin Dacuan is focused on creating a supportive system that allows students to adopt a college-ready mindset. For Summit Public Schools, there is the unwavering belief that scholars can achieve their dreams and succeed in college and beyond. Summit scholars enter school … Read More