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Broad Coalition of Supporters File Briefs in Support of Charter Law

For Immediate Release | September 12, 2014 Parents, Educators, Approved Charter Schools, Civic Leaders, Education Advocates, Community and Business Leaders Signal Strong Support for Washington’s Charter School Law Olympia, Wash. – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Thomas Franta issued the following statement applauding the action of a broad coalition of public charter … Read More

First Public Charter School in Washington State to Open

For Immediate Release | September 2, 2014 First Place Scholars Charter School to Serve Underserved Families in Seattle Seattle – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Thomas Franta issued the following statement celebrating the opening of First Place Scholars Charter School – Washington state’s first public charter school. Tomorrow, First Place will begin … Read More

WA Charters Welcomes New Leader

For Immediate Release | July 31, 2014 WA Charters Welcomes New Leader Public Servant, School District Leader, Charter Authorizer, Veteran and Parent Thomas Franta Appointed as CEO Seattle – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) today announced that Thomas Franta will lead the association as chief executive officer beginning Aug. 11. Interim CEO Marta Reyes-Newberry … Read More

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2014

For Immediate Release | July 16, 2014 Seven Prospective Founders Apply to Open Charter Schools Past Year a Total of 31 Groups Have Expressed Interest, 28 Groups Have Applied and Eight Schools Have Been Approved Across Washington Seattle – WA Charters interim CEO Marta Reyes-Newberry today issued the following statement praising the seven educators, community … Read More

UPDATE – For Immediate Release: June 18, 2014

For Immediate Release | June 16, 2014 14 Groups Announce Intentions to Open High-Quality Charter Schools To Date Total of 34 Groups Expressed Interest, 21 Prospective Founders Applied and Eight Schools Approved Across Washington State Seattle – The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) today announced that 14 groups declared intentions to open high-quality … Read More

Photo Release: May 9, 2014

For Immediate Release | May 9, 2014 WA Charter Schools Association’s Inaugural Conference Kicks Off More than 350 Participants, Teachers and Leaders Gathered to Develop Strong New Public Charter Schools; Seattle Seahawk Russell Okung Gives Keynote SeaTac, Wash. – The Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) yesterday launched the inaugural two-day Washington State Charter … Read More

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2014

For Immediate Release | May 8, 2014 WA Charter Schools Association’s Inaugural Conference Kicks Off More than 300 Teachers and Leaders Gather to Collectively Develop Strong New Public Charter Schools; Seahawks and Super Bowl Champion Russell Okung to Give Keynote  SeaTac, Wash. – Today, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) will launch the … Read More

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2014

For Immediate Release | March 19, 2014 Plans Announced for First Annual  Washington Charter Schools Conference Registration for Conference, to be Held in May, Opens Today Seattle, Wash. – Today WA Charters announced plans for the first annual Washington State Charter Schools Association Conference to be held May 8-9 in SeaTac, Wash. Carrying the theme … Read More