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Washington State Charter School Commission elects leadership

The newly formed Washington State Charter School Commission charged with authorizing charter schools and holding them accountable met this week and elected their leadership. Steve Sundquist, former President of the Seattle School Board, was chosen as Chair and Larry Wright, managing director of the Bellevue Arts Museum, was chosen as vice chair. The Commission discussed … Read More

Washington Charter School Commission elects leaders

Washington’s new Charter School Commission elected a former Seattle School Board president as its chairman. The group also has started to solidify its plans for hiring a staff and choosing the state’s first charter schools. The group held its second meeting Tuesday in Bellevue. Steve Sundquist, who served on the Seattle School Board from 2007 … Read More

A student’s perspective on charter schools

Macy Olivas is a student at Whitman University in Washington, and a graduate of Preuss Charter School in San Diego, CA. In this video, recorded when she was advocating for Washington to adopt charter school legislation in January 2012, Macy relates her experience as a student in a charter school. She talks about how the school, … Read More

Port Townsend educator gives Charter School 101

Charter schools can improve education but not if they offer the same curriculum as what is now available, a Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce audience was told Monday. “In order for a school district to approve a charter school, it would need a real assurance that the methodology they will employ at the charter school … Read More

Op-ed: Charter schools should ignite change for the better

This op-ed piece, written by Lyle Quasim, appeared in The News Tribune on April 14, 2013. I applaud the Tacoma School Board for signaling an interest in becoming a public charter school authorizer. It’s time that our community learned more about public charter schools. We need to know how top-performing public charters advance student achievement … Read More

Washington School Districts Intending to Be Charter School Authorizers

April 1 was the deadline for school districts to submit a notice of intent to the State Board of Education (SBE) to apply to become a charter school authorizer. SBE is tasked with approving the local school boards that can authorize charters and will oversee the performance and effectiveness of all charter schools in the … Read More

Information being gathered on charter schools for PSD board

The Peninsula School District is taking it slow as it looks into the possibility of becoming a charter school authorizer, with Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto gathering information on the subject for the school board. On March 21, the school board voted to submit a letter of intent to state officials by the April 1 deadline. The … Read More

12 state school districts agree to authorize charter schools

A dozen Washington school districts have sent letters to the state Board of Education indicating intent to authorize charter schools starting in 2014, beating a Monday deadline. The twelve districts include Bellevue, Battle Ground, Eastmont, Highline, Kent, Naselle-Grays River Valley, Peninsula, Port Townsend, Sequim, Spokane, Sunnyside and Tacoma. “I think it says there’s an opportunity … Read More

A Family’s Experience: Attending a Charter School

Today is the first meeting of the newly appointed Washington State Charter Commission. To mark the occasion, Seattle native Keith Palmer shares his family’s story of attending a charter school in Arizona. Keith Palmer grew up in Seattle, his dad was in the military and he went to Leschi Elementary, and Garfield High School before … Read More

Washington State Charter School Timeline

April 1 was the deadline for school districts to submit a notice of intent to be a charter school authorizer. Thirteen districts from across the state — in rural and urban communities, and both east and west of the Cascades — sent their intent letter. Many are wondering: now what? The timeline for opening a charter school can … Read More