Because every student deserves an excellent education.
More options for families who need them
Traditional public schools are working for many, but not all, Washington students. Charter public schools give parents more free options, because every student deserves a high-quality education that meets their needs.
One more tool in the toolbox
Charter schools simply—and critically—give us more tools in our toolbox to help our system work for ALL kids – including those who need something different than their assigned district school.
One size does not fit all
Voters in 2012 and the Legislature again in 2016 recognized that one size does not fit all, when they established a limited number of charter public schools – to serve as alternative options for families.
Washington gets charter public schools right
Washington’s charter school law has been ranked among the top three strongest in the nation for three years running, for its high level of accountability in exchange for flexibility, and its high standards for authorizing. Our state’s law is also unique for its focus on serving systemically underserved students. This translates to positive results for students who have historically been left behind.
Parents of color and low-income families are demanding more options
A majority of the students who enroll at and attend charter public schools are students of color, and a majority are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Sadly, race and family income continue to be predictors of students’ academic success. Every parent and family, regardless of their background or circumstances, deserves to access high-quality options that they want and need.