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WA Charters Announces New Co-Presidents, Starting July 1

The WA Charters Board of Directors is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2022, Rekha Bhatt, Haid Bloxham, and Natalie Hester will be stepping into the roles of Co-Presidents to lead WA Charters in our next chapter. The co-presidency model is an innovative approach that centers equity, disrupts the status quo, and actively works … Read More

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Volunteer and Help WA’s Charters Prepare for the New School Year

Summer is here, and preparations for next school year are already in full swing! Over the next month, WA Charters will be hosting weeks of service at several of our state’s charter public schools, which will be welcoming students back in August! We are looking for volunteers like you to come out and join us … Read More

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Standing with DACA Students

As you may be aware, the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program may be rescinded in the coming days. DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to be granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” Many public school students … Read More

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What Parents Are Saying About WA Charters’ Third Annual Conference – The Urgency of Now: Fusing Equity and Innovation

Last week, parents, educators and partners gathered to connect with peers and industry leaders from across the state and country at WA Charters’ third annual statewide conference. It was both a celebration of charter public schools’ success in providing high quality options to Washington students, and an opportunity to share more about how charter public … Read More

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McCleary Update: Background, Policy Priorities, and What’s Next

By Mitch Price The state legislature recently completed its regularly scheduled 105-day legislative session without adopting a budget nor the education policy changes mandated by the state Supreme Court in the McCleary school funding case. Earlier this week, the Governor called the legislature back into a special session so that legislators can finish their work. … Read More

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As Lobbyists Try to Rush El Centro vs. Washington Appeal, a Parent and Student Speak Up

Shirline Wilson and her son, Miles, File a Declaration in El Centro Case Reminding Court What’s Really Best for Kids Shirline Wilson is a mom like any other. Protective and loving, she only wants what is best for her child, which is why today/Friday she filed a declaration with her son, Miles, in opposition to … Read More

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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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Update: Parent-Led Steering Committee Sets Priorities for Parent Leadership and Engagement

Committee Completes First Major Objective, Lays Groundwork for Design and Implementation of Programming at Two School Sites Seattle, Wash. – In partnership with the Somali Parent Education Board (SPEB), a local grassroots organization, WA Charters held a series of parent steering committee convenings over the summer as the first phase of a pilot program that will … Read More

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Kids Win: Bipartisan Public Charter School Bill Becomes Law in Washington

Families, Students and Advocates Celebrate After Months of Grassroots Advocacy OLYMPIA — Marking a major victory for Washington students and families, Governor Inslee announced today that he will allow SB 6194 to pass into law, saving the state’s innovative public charter schools and ensuring that families across the state will continue to have the power … Read More

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Early Success

See what new data reveals about how Washington’s public charter schools are helping students make rapid improvements and are working to close historic racial and income-based achievement gaps.