Press releases

Newest Cohort of School Leadership and Design Fellows Announced

For Immediate Release | Wednesday, June 11, 2019 CONTACT | Maggie Meyers, or 724.263.9826 Four Groups Begin a Journey to Open New, Rigorous, Equity-Focused Charter Public Schools Across Washington in 2021 and 2022 Seattle—Today, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) announced it has chosen a new cohort for the School Leadership and … Read More

Our Statement on Green Dot Destiny and Excel Public Charter School Closure Announcement

For Immediate Release | June 7, 2019 The Green Dot Public Schools Washington’s Board of Directors voted to close two of its schools at the end of the current school year: Destiny Middle School in Tacoma and Excel Public Charter School in Kent. Both of these schools experienced significant struggles tied closely to low student … Read More

State Commission Authorizes Four New Charter Public Schools

For Immediate Release | May 30, 2019 Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 724.263.9826 New Free, Public Options for King, Kitsap, and Whatcom Communities Seattle, WA—Today, the Washington State Charter School Commission voted to approve four new charter public schools: Cascade Public Schools in South King County, Catalyst Public Schools in Bremerton, Impact Public Schools … Read More

WA Charters Launches Aspiring Leaders Program

For Immediate Release | May 28, 2019 Contact | Maggie Meyers at or 724.263.9826 WA Charters Invests in Diverse Leadership for the Future Seattle, WA—This month, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) announced the launch of the 2019 Aspiring Leaders program – a fellowship model designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders … Read More

Ashé Prep Leader Receives Prestigious International Scholarship

For Immediate Release | April 9, 2019 Contact: Maggie Meyers at Monique Harrison Manuel One of Eight Women Honored Worldwide by Delta Kappa Gamma Society International “It’s a surreal honor to be recognized among such a short list of game-changing women” “Scholarship opportunities are not often lifted up in communities of color. Being able … Read More

Our Statement on SOAR Academy’s Closure in June 2019

For Immediate Release | February 1, 2019 The Washington State Charter Schools Association issued a statement following SOAR Academy’s announcement that they will cease operations in June 2019: “We want to recognize the many positive contributions that SOAR Academy has made for its students, families, and the Tacoma community since it launched in 2015. We … Read More

Victory for Students and Families: Charter Public Schools Ruled Constitutional

For Immediate Release | October 25, 2018 Contact: Maggie Meyers, 724-263-9826 or Washington Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Students and Families; Takes Step Forward in Closing the Opportunity Gap Seattle, WA — Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Patrick D’Amelio shared the following statement in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling … Read More

Impact | Puget Sound Elementary Opens in Tukwila

For Immediate Release | August 27, 2018 Contact: Maggie Meyers at or 724-263-9826 First Day of School Marks Launch of Tukwila’s First Charter Public School and Washington’s First “Homegrown” Charter Network Tukwila, WA—Today marks the official launch of Impact Public Schools, Washington’s first “homegrown” charter public school network, as Impact | Puget Sound Elementary (PSE) … Read More