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Parent Perspective: For my family, it’s about the freedom to choose the best fit

Since the State Supreme Court ruled Washington’s voter-approved public charter school law unconstitutional, we’ve heard from hundreds of parents who passionately want to see charter schools continue—as they’re already seeing positive results in their kids. For parents like Shirline Wilson, whose son Miles attends middle school at Rainier Prep in Highline, access to public charter … Read More

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Center on Reinventing Public Education: Washington’s First District Authorizer Approaches Charters with a Collaborative Mindset

Washington State voters approved a charter school initiative in 2012—its fourth appearance on the ballot—making Washington the 42nd state to allow charter schools. Spokane Public Schools (SPS) submitted its application to authorize charter schools shortly after the law went in to effect. SPS is the first and, to date, only district out of 295 in the … Read More

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In Case You Missed It: Los Angeles charter students learn more than in traditional public schools

Stanford University’s Center for Research on Economic Outcomes (CREDO) issued a report Saturday that found charter school students in Los Angeles learn more in a year than their peers in traditional district schools. According to the study, charter school students receive the equivalent of about 50 more days of learning in reading and 79 days … Read More

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Seattle U News: Law Student Wins State Approval for Charter School

Seattle University NewsFeb. 13, 2014 A state commission has approved seven new charter schools for Washington and one of them — a science- and technology-focused school in Kent — is the brainchild of a Seattle University School of Law student. Adel Sefrioui, 28, will graduate this spring and then spend the next year finalizing plans … Read More

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December News Round-up: WA State Charter Schools

Public charter schools have been a hot topic the past few weeks, with stories about charter school applicants and the King County judge upholding our state charter school law. Here’s a round-up of the most relevant stories from the past few weeks. Stay tuned to the blog to keep up-to-date. Core of Washington State’s Charter … Read More

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10 groups plan to apply to open WA charter schools

SEATTLE — Ten organizations are the first to say they plan to apply to open charter schools in Washington state. Tuesday is the deadline for filing a notice of intent to apply an application with the statewide Charter School Commission, so more organizations may turn in their notices early next week. The 10 so far … Read More

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Charter school proposals could pave way for education ideas

Washington state, ahead of the national curve in so many areas of public policy, is a notable laggard on the issue of charter schools. Washington finally joined 41 other states and the District of Columbia in authorizing the schools last November, when voters narrowly approved Initiative 1240. And a narrow victory it was. Voters statewide … Read More

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State now taking applications for charter schools

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington state’s new Charter School Commission opened the statewide application process for charter schools on Monday. The first step in the process is an Oct. 22 deadline for submitting a letter of intent to apply to open a school. Then potential charter operators have until Nov. 22 to submit their applications. The … Read More

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Tacoma shows new interest in charter schools

Board members say questions that stopped them from filing an application last year have been answered Tacoma Public Schools will submit a second letter of intent to state officials, indicating the district’s renewed interest in possibly becoming an authorizer of charter schools. But the soonest a charter school could open in Tacoma with the district’s … Read More

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Washington’s charter-school pioneers need to be bold

Three Washington educators are at the forefront of the state’s new charter school effort. Columnist Lynne K. Varner welcomes them to this exciting endeavor. Today I’m welcoming to the scene three Washington state educators with huge ambitions to raise high-school graduation rates and enroll more kids in college. Their success could serve as a  blueprint … Read More