The Charter Blog

What’s Next in Washington State?

Earlier this month, legislators in Washington State approved a bill to save the state’s charter public schools. This bipartisan vote was a testament to the hard work of parents and students who led this fight and succeeded in changing hearts and minds. Charter schools are committed to being a part of closing opportunity gap—at its core this is a social justice issue.

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Posted in State Government Issues, Washington State

State Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Keep Charter Public Schools Open in Washington State

Ever since last September, charter public school advocates in Washington State have sought a permanent legislative solution to reverse the State Supreme Court ruling that struck down the voter-passed charter school law. Last week, Washington Senators Steve Litzow (R - Mercer Island), Joe Fain, (R - Auburn), Mark Mullet (D - Issaquah) and Steve Hobbs (D - Lake Stevens) introduced a bill to address some of the concerns raised by the state Supreme Court decision.

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Posted in Washington State

One Seattle Parent: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

The issue of charter schools is our state’s newest political hotbed – if you’re “for” charters, you must be Republican and anti-teacher/anti-union, and if you’re “for” public schools, well then of course you’re Democrat and most assuredly can’t support charters.

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Posted in Washington State

Waiting and Hoping for Washington State Supreme Court to Support Public Charter Schools

On September 4, right before the beginning of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the    Washington State Supreme Court ruled that charter schools are unconstitutional and ineligible for public school funds. We are all still shocked by that devastating decision.

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Posted in Legal, Washington State

Save Washington’s Charter Schools: The Charter Community Speaks Up

On Friday, September 4, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled the public funding of charter schools unconstitutional. Because this ruling would eliminate their public funding, the future of the state’s nine charter schools—along with the students that attend them—is in jeopardy. We hope to shed light on the experiences of the families affected by the Washington State Supreme Court’s decision. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools stands with Washington families in hopes of continuing their choice of public education.

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Posted in Washington State

Save Washington’s Charter Schools: Schools’ Perspective

On Friday, September 4, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled the public funding of charter schools unconstitutional. Because this ruling would eliminate their public funding, the future of the state’s nine charter schools—along with the students that attend them—is in jeopardy. We hope to shed light on the experiences of the families affected by the Washington State Supreme Court’s decision. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools stands with Washington families in hopes of continuing their choice of public education.

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Posted in Washington State