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Spokane Native to Open Public Charter School

For Immediate Release | September 25, 2014 Spokane International Academy Approved to Open a K-8 in the Fall of 2015 Spokane, Wash. – Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) CEO Thomas Franta today announced that Spokane native, local public school teacher and parent Travis Franklin was approved by Spokane Public Schools to open the … Read More

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Video: Opening New Doors for Students

A look at Washington’s first public charter schools.

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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

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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

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In Case You Missed It: Spokane Public Schools to consider three charter school proposals

Three separate and vastly different organizations met the June 15 deadline to file notices of intent with Spokane Public Schools to open charter schools in Spokane for the 2015-2016 school year, including iLEAD, an organization whose charter was rejected last year by Spokane school board members. The three schools have until July 15 to submit … Read More

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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

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Editorial: Lawmakers should help others help charters

The Spokesman-Review June 10, 2014 When Washington approves a charter school, it doesn’t come with a check. By the time the first eight have opened their doors – most in August 2015 – supporters of each may have ventured as much as $2 million for curriculum materials, equipment and, most importantly, a building students can … Read More

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Op-ed: “Why we are betting on Washington State charters”

Today, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog published an opinion piece that I co-wrote with Terry Ryan, president of the Idaho Charter School Network.   As part of their “Charter School Policy Wonk-a-Thon,” Fordham challenged a number of prominent scholars, practitioners and policy analysts to write about why some charter sectors outpace their local district schools … Read More

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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

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In Case You Missed It: Los Angeles charter students learn more than in traditional public schools

Stanford University’s Center for Research on Economic Outcomes (CREDO) issued a report Saturday that found charter school students in Los Angeles learn more in a year than their peers in traditional district schools. According to the study, charter school students receive the equivalent of about 50 more days of learning in reading and 79 days … Read More