Press releases

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

Willow Public School Launches

For Immediate Release | August 20, 2018 Three years after authorization, Walla Walla’s First Charter Public School Welcomes Students Walla Walla – Today marks the first day of school for Willow Public School, with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade “founders” entering the brand new charter public school’s doors with much excitement. Since being authorized by … Read More

WA Charters Announces its 2018-2019 School Leadership and Design Fellows

For Immediate Release | Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Contact: Maggie Meyers at 724-263-9826 or Seattle—As part of its mission to advocate and support the development of high-quality charter public schools, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) today announced it has selected the following candidates for its 2018-2019 WA Charters School Leadership and … Read More

Ashé Preparatory Academy Approved to Open a K-8 School in Skyway/West Hill

For Immediate Release | Friday, June 22, 2018 Contact: Maggie Meyers at or (724) 263-9826 With Unanimous Support, Washington State Charter School Commission Authorizes Culturally-Responsive Model Designed to Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders Seattle, WA—Families in Skyway/West Hill will have a new K-8 public school option starting in 2019-20, following yesterday’s unanimous vote by the Washington … Read More

Our Statement on Washington Supreme Court’s Final McCleary Order

For Immediate Release | On June 7, the state Supreme Court issued its final order on the McCleary case. In response, WA Charters issued the following statement: The state Supreme Court’s final McCleary order represents a significant step toward ensuring that public schools across the state have access to more funds to provide quality education to Washington … Read More