Students and Parents Return to Olympia

Students and parents from Washington’s public charter schools traveled from Seattle and Tacoma to Olympia on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to support legislation to keep their innovative schools open and serving diverse communities.

A bipartisan group of state senators, led by Steve Litzow (R – Mercer Island) and Mark Mullet (D – Issaquah), introduced legislation last week to reinstate much of the public charter school law passed by voters in 2012. Bill 6194, which was voted out of the Senate Education Committee last Thursday, was heard Monday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

In Olympia, students, parents, and educators attended the hearing shared their personal experiences in public charter schools, offering testimony in support of the bill. Monday’s testimony represents the latest efforts of students, parents and teachers to make their voices heard in Olympia and to build support for this legislative solution for public charter schools. They will continue to show up and take a stand as long as public charter schools—and their own bright futures—are in danger.