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Statement on Governor’s Proclamation to close K-12 schools

All charter public schools in Washington state are following the proclamation from the Governor to close all K-12 schools no later than March 17 until April 24. Each school has been actively communicating transition details to their students, families, and faculty. Charter public schools recognize closing school is extremely difficult for students, staff, families and … Read More

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Charter schools are public schools and deserve more equitable funding

This month, Washington’s voters will consider 184 public-school levies and 20 bond measures representing a collective $6.75 billion, according to the Washington Education Association (WEA). But, even if voters approve the measures, the state’s nine charter schools won’t see a single dime. Washington’s public charter schools receive state funding for basic education, just as traditional … Read More

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Charter school for teen parents opens in September

SPOKANE, Wash. — Sometimes kids can be a handful. Imagine being a teen parent, having to juggle school, your child and possibly work. A new charter school opening this fall is hoping to help. Some days, for 15-year-old Dawn Stradley-Seager, she has to choose between being a mom or being a student. “It’s really hard … Read More

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Charter schools are new to Washington state. How strong is the law behind them?

With one year left for the state to authorize new charter schools, a national ranking of charter-school laws placed Washington’s near the top. This week, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a list of how states stack up against what it considers a “gold standard” model for charter-school laws. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, which advocates on behalf … Read More

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Spokane International Academy seeks expansion as charter school popularity grows in region

Hundreds of kids are on the waiting list to gain admission to Spokane International Academy, which is no surprise to the students and teachers in the city’s largest charter school. In Ashley Peak’s eighth-grade class, students are writing well-researched letters to The Spokesman-Review about the worldwide refugee crisis. Students in every grade are taking four … Read More

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2017-18 School Year Data Shows Promising Academic Growth for Washington’s Charter Public School Students

Last week, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released statewide results for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests, standardized grade-level assessments administered in Spring 2018 to Washington public school students in grades 3-8 and 10. It also released results for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), administered to students in … Read More

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When it comes to special education, Washington charter public schools are setting a high bar, new research shows

Seattle—A recent study conducted by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) found that charter schools in Washington state, on average, enroll higher percentages of students with disabilities than the state average — and considerably more than the average for charters nationwide. Here are the major findings from the CRPE study, which evaluated Washington state … Read More

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Hearing Draws Statewide News Coverage and Editorial Board Support for Charter Families

The May 17 state Supreme Court hearing on the charter school case captured the attention of media statewide. Here is a roundup of key coverage on the latest legal milestone, including several strong editorials from major statewide newspapers, calling for an end to the legal attacks on charter public schools and families. Charter school backers … 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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Summit Olympus Student To Serve As Senator O’Ban Page

Katie Wilton (right) will be a Senate page this year. Katie Wilton, a founding student at Summit Olympus, will serve as a page for Washington state Senator Steve O’Ban for a week in Olympia at the end of the month. Being selected as a page is an honor that hundreds of students across the state … Read More