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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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EdWeek: Gates Foundation Grants Aim to Foster District-Charter Cooperation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Wednesday that it is awarding $100,000 each to schools in five cities to promote collaboration between charter schools and traditional public school districts, part of a program that has channeled $25 million in awards to such efforts to date. The grants for “district-charter collaboration compacts” will go to school officials in Aldine, Texas; … Read More

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AP: Forums on proposed WA charter schools begin Monday

SEATTLE (AP) – People who want to learn more about the first proposed charter schools in Washington state can attend public forums beginning Monday in Spokane. The Washington Charter School Commission will give each applicant of 19 applicants 10 minutes to talk about their proposals. Each forum will also include 30 minutes for public comments. … 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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EdWeek: Core of Washington State’s Charter Law Upheld, Attorney General Says

A superior court judge in the state of Washington, ruling on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Washington state’s charter school law, has found that most of the statute is constitutional, according to the interpretation of Washington state’s attorney general. Judge Jean A. Rietschel struck down one part of the charter school law, saying that … 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. A charter school is a public school that … 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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More Districts Move to Become Authorizers.

The movement to bring high-quality public charter schools to Washington state is gaining steam. Last month, Spokane Public Schools became the first Washington school district approved to become a charter school authorizer. Now, additional school districts are looking to follow suit, and beginning the process to operate and oversee public charters in Washington. Earlier this week, three … 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