Washington Students Fight to Keep Their Public Charter Schools Open

Students and parents from Washington’s public charter schools are ramping up their campaign to keep their local schools open and serving diverse communities.

A ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court invalidated Washington’s voter-approved public charter school law and is threatening to close public schools that serve more than 1,100 students across Washington and block access to innovative schools for thousands of families statewide. Communities from all over the state are now calling on their elected representatives to fix the court-created mess.

The Act Now for WA Students campaign – a coalition founded in partnership with Democrats for Education Reform, the League of Education Voters, the Partnership for Learning, Stand for Children, and the Washington State Charter Schools Association – is providing public charter school students and parents with a megaphone to make their voices heard.

This week, students and parents are testifying in Olympia and reaching out to elected leaders encouraging them to support a bipartisan bill proposed by Senators Litzow and Mullet that would keep the current schools open and allow for parents across Washington to access innovative schools.

Act Now for WA Students is active on Facebook and Twitter, and is engaging thousands of supporters through an online petition. The campaign has earned supportive editorials and positive media coverage across the state. The campaign is also getting its message out through mail and television advertising. Television ads – “Jerald” and “Sydney” – featuring the first-person stories of local students, ran in the Seattle-Tacoma region in December and January.

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