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It’s time to move forward on charter schools

A bipartisan group of lawmakers studied, vetted, and passed a viable plan to keep public charter schools funded and open. Legal experts from both sides of the aisle, including non-partisan staff attorneys, combed through SB 6194 word-by-word to make sure it addressed the Washington Supreme Court’s constitutionality concerns. Governor Inslee allowed the bill to become Continue reading

Kids win!

Gov. Jay Inslee’s office announced today that SB 6194 will pass into law without his signature—meaning you did it! After months of phone calls, rallies, emails and advocacy, our state leaders have heard your voices. Public charter schools in Washington state will not only stay open, but remain an option for all families across the Continue reading

Fact check: SB 6194 is constitutional

Two weeks ago, a bipartisan group of lawmakers studied, vetted, and passed a viable plan to keep public charter schools funded and open. Legal experts from both sides of the aisle, including non-partisan staff attorneys, combed through SB 6194 word-by-word to make sure it would pass constitutional muster. Here’s what they say: SB 6194 addresses Continue reading

Final Push

The legislative session ends Thursday and time is running out for Washington’s public charter students. The Seattle Times says it’s past time for lawmakers to pass the fix they’ve come up with. As the paper points out, the Senate passed its solution two months ago, while the House has yet to act. Washington’s students can’t Continue reading

‘One-year fix’ will spark the end

In response to the Wednesday editorial, “Charter school fix temporary at best”: As the CEO of the Washington State Charter Schools Association, I appreciate the Herald Editorial Board’s constant support of Washington’s public charter schools. However, a one-year fix to temporarily postpone the closing of schools is not a solution — it’s a death sentence Continue reading

Your voice can be heard

Don’t think your voice can be heard? Think again. Shirline Wilson, who has a son attending the public charter school Rainier Prep, has been an absolute champion in the fight to assure the future education of WA students. Recently, Shirline took to Twitter to ask the Washington State legislature to honor the will of voters Continue reading

A Senate Page

A founding student at Summit Olympus, Katie Wilton, will spend a week in Olympia next month serving as a page for Washington state Senator Steve O’Ban. This is an opportunity that hundreds of students across the state apply for each year. Katie’s activism in support of public charter schools has turned into a rare learning Continue reading

House Dems Introduce Leg to Keep Public Charter Schools Open

Today, Rep. David Sawyer (D – Lakewood) joined a growing list of Democrats, including Reps. Springer and Pettigrew and Senators Hobbs and Mullet in working to save Washington’s public charter schools by introducing a new bill to keep school doors open and serving diverse communities. The proposed legislation, House Bill 2824, honors the will of Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Bill to Save Local Schools Progresses

After hearing passionate testimony on Tuesday in support of public charter schools from students and parents who traveled from Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane, the Washington State Senate Education Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 6194, marking a real victory for current and future public charter school families. The proposed legislation, introduced by Senators Continue reading

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 Continue reading

The Solution We’re Looking For

This week, State Senators Steve Litzow (R), Mark Mullet (D), Joe Fain (R) and Steve Hobbs (D) listened to thousands of Washington Families and put forth a bipartisan bill (SB 6194) that will keep Washington’s public charter students in their schools. Their proposal respects the will of the voters who have, since 2012, demanded more Continue reading

State Supreme Court Ruling

On the same day that hundreds of students rallied at the Capitol to fight for their schools, the State Supreme Court upheld its ruling. Washington Charters issued the following statement regarding the November 19th ruling against Washington Charter Public Schools: [The Ruling is] disrespectful to Washington’s voters, who collectively supported the ballot initiative that allowed our Continue reading

Day of Action

Early in the morning on Thursday, November 19th, students from all over the state gathered at their respective schools and boarded buses bound for Olympia. Each student had one thing in mind: Will my school be shut down? After the state Supreme Court’s ruling on September 4th, 1,100 of Washington’s children have been living in a Continue reading

A Visit to Summit Sierra School

Getting Smart has a new post about the unique learning experiences at Summit Public Schools. Students travel great distances to be able to benefit from the Schools’ innovative approach and collaborate with follow students on robust projects. Here is a short excerpt: Summit Public Schools provides a mix of personalized playlists and skills’ based projects that Continue reading