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Voices for Equity: Advocating for Charter School Funding in Washington State

In Washington state, a chorus of voices is rising, echoing the urgent need for equitable funding for all public schools and the students who attend them. These impassioned pleas come from diverse perspectives—educators, students, and parents—each sharing their unique experiences and underscoring the vital importance of bridging the funding gap for students, especially those who are already historically underserved.

What’s Next for Charter Schools in the 2024 State Legislative Sessions

As state legislative sessions get underway across the country, we are already starting to see charter school bills—both good and bad—get introduced in several states.

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New Schools, New Opportunities for Success: Whatcom Intergenerational High School

Whatcom Intergenerational High School (WIHS) is a tuition-free public charter high school serving Bellingham, Washington. WIHS incorporates the First Peoples Principles of Learning as a way of broadening perspectives and embracing many ways of knowing. By practicing these principles, the school fosters student growth that supports the self, family, elders, community, and the land. WIHS will open in September to an inaugural class of 60 9th and 10th graders. Over the next… Continue reading New Schools, New Opportunities for Success: Whatcom Intergenerational High School

New Schools, New Opportunities for Success: Why Not You Academy

This feature is part of the National Alliance’s 2021 Back to School Month campaign. Why Not You Academy will open next month to approximately 100 9th graders in Des Moines, Washington. Nearly five years ago, co-founders Scott Canfield and Garth Reeves, both assistant principals at the time, felt inspired to bring innovation to students in an educational space where each student is… Continue reading New Schools, New Opportunities for Success: Why Not You Academy

Discovering My Passion: Poetry and the Power of Public Speaking

This blog post is part of our celebration of charter school graduates across the country and their achievements. Join us in celebrating our #CharterGrads! Growing up, I always had a fear of public speaking. That’s probably normal for some people, public speaking is one of the most terrifying experiences they can imagine. Instead of shying… Continue reading Discovering My Passion: Poetry and the Power of Public Speaking

New Report Shows Washington State Charter School Law Ranks Third in the Nation

OLYMPIA, WA — Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released its annual state-by-state ranking of public charter school laws, Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws, Tenth Edition. For the second year in a row, Washington took third place. Late last year, the Washington Supreme Court affirmed the state’s charter… Continue reading New Report Shows Washington State Charter School Law Ranks Third in the Nation

State and Legal ‘Greatest Hits’ for Charter Schools in 2018

2018 was a big year for the public charter school sector. Let’s take a look back at the highlights on the state and legal front: 1. Washington State Supreme Court upholds public charter schools Perhaps the biggest victory for charter school students this year was in Washington state, where the  state’s supreme court upheld the… Continue reading State and Legal ‘Greatest Hits’ for Charter Schools in 2018

In Major Victory for Public Education, Washington State Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Constitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a historic ruling for public education in Washington, the state’s Supreme Court today ruled in El Centro de la Raza vs. Washington (“El Centro”) that public charter schools are constitutional, upholding their place in the public education system and ensuring current and future charter school students will have access to a… Continue reading In Major Victory for Public Education, Washington State Supreme Court Rules Charter Schools Constitutional

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