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Our Statement: In the Aftermath of the 2016 Election, What It Means to Be WA Charter Supporters

As the dust continues to settle from the national election, we want to take a minute and define what it means to be a charter school supporter, particularly here in Washington state. Voters in this state, along with our elected representatives, have created one of the strongest charter laws in the nation – one that … Read More

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Meet the Leader: Q&A with Green Dot Principal Walter Chen

WA Charters sat down with Walter Chen, Green Dot Public Schools’ founding principal for its new middle school in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, set to open to sixth graders in fall 2017. Here’s what we learned about where Walter’s been, what fuels his passion for public education, and what he is envisioning for a new high-quality … Read More

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An Educator’s Open Letter to Legislators: Please Save Public Charter Schools

Dear Legislators: I am a Washington resident and an educator with a graduate degree in education from Stanford University who has worked in district, charter, and international schools. I am a lifelong Democrat who cares deeply about public education. I find the arguments against charter schools among the public and by bloggers to be largely misinformed and … Read More

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Sen. Steve Litzow and Rep. Larry Springer Earn National Honors as Public Charter School Champions

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of National Charter Schools Week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools today honored Washington State Sen. Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) and Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) as Champions for Charter Schools, celebrating their efforts and deep-rooted commitment to advancing the growth and success of charter public schools in Washington state. Sen. … Read More

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Students on Path to Win: House Passes Bill to Save Public Charter Schools

Advocates: This Is a Huge Victory for Washington Kids OLYMPIA — In an 11th hour vote, legislators in the Washington State House of Representatives acted to save public charter schools, voting to  end the six-month debacle that thrust more than 1,100 students and families into limbo. The bill, SB 6194, which passed with bipartisan support, … Read More

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An Educator’s Open Letter to Legislators: Please Save Public Charter Schools

Dear Legislators: I am a Washington resident and an educator with a graduate degree in education from Stanford University who has worked in district, charter, and international schools. I am a lifelong Democrat who cares deeply about public education. I find the arguments against charter schools among the public and by bloggers to be largely misinformed and … Read More

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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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New charter school commission can learn from other states

Based on 20 years of experience in other states, the nine members of the recently appointed State Charter School Commission are in for hard work, long hours and difficult deliberations. Whether or not charter schools in Washington produce quality outcomes for students will depend on these commission members and the school districts that will approve … Read More

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State Leaders Announce Appointments for Charter School Commission

From the Governor’s Press Office: Governor Jay Inslee, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen and House Speaker Frank Chopp announced their appointments today to the state’s new Charter School Commission. Last November, voters approved Initiative 1240 to establish charter schools in Washington state. The initiative also called for the creation of a new, nine-member commission to manage and oversee … Read More

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Editorial: Strong appointees power state’s charter-school commission

The nine appointed to Washington’s new charter-school commission could offer a powerful vision on non-traditional public schools. WASHINGTON’S newly appointed charter-school commission holds strong promise for delivering on expectations of high-quality public charter schools. Voters approved Initiative 1240 to explore the potential of charters to improve education. Gov. Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and … Read More