Washington Charter Schools

Posted June 23, 2017

This Mom Knows Oversized Classrooms and Overworked Teachers, She Didn’t Want That for Her Children

Where do you live, and what schools do your children attend? My family lives in Tacoma. My daughter attends Green Dot Destiny Middle School, and…

By Danielle Davies, Francesca McDaniel

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Posted Mar. 10, 2016

Statement on Washington Charter School Bill’s Approval in State House of Representatives

Washington lawmakers came together tonight on behalf of kids and families and passed a charter school bill that ensures families have access to more quality schools and the power of school choice. This is a win for kids. The bill deserves approval in the Senate and the governor's…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Feb. 5, 2016

Who Says Teacher Eval Reforms Aren’t Working?

The conventional wisdom in Washington education policy circles these days is that reforms to teacher evaluation haven’t worked. The new Every Student Succeeds Act cancels…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted Sep. 14, 2015

A Teacher’s Take on Charter Schools in Washington State

Tacoma teacher Nate Bowling, who teaches in a traditional public school and is “agnostic” on charters, nevertheless laments the Washington Supreme Court’s decision finding charter schools in violation of the state constitution. He also wonders why the national outrage over the decision is not matched by outrage over under-funding of schools. There are no winners when adults behave poorly over issues that impact children: It is tough…

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Posted Sep. 14, 2015

Here’s Why I’m Optimistic About Charter Schools in Washington State

Recently, the Washington Supreme Court declared the state’s hard-won charter school law unconstitutional. The case threatens more than 1,200 kids and their families who don’t…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

Lily, Tell the Truth. This Strike Is Not for Kids.

Lily Eskelsen García, in her role as the NEA president, has told a lie. She asserts that the decision by Seattle’s school teachers to go…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 11, 2015

Washington Students and Families Fight for Their Right to School Choice

Washington State is going through some educational growing pains: the state’s Supreme Court recently decided that it’s going to fine the state $100,000 a day,…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Sep. 10, 2015

District and Charter Leaders Reach Across the Aisle to Unite on Common Goal

We need some good news. Between a heartbreaking ruling against charter schools in Washington state late Friday and the 53,000 students in Seattle who can’t…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Sep. 9, 2015

Robin Lake Condemns the Washington State Supreme Court’s Ruling on Charter Schools

Robin Lake, director of the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, writes about the Washington state Supreme Court’s charter ruling not only as a charter expert but also as a Seattle Public Schools parent. She asserts: With its ruling, the court has locked Washington state into a defunct, hundred-year-old notion of public schooling that makes it impossible for the citizens or the legislature to experiment with…

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Posted Sep. 2, 2015

Public School Leaders Go Back to School…in Charters

While some people try to draw a bright line between charters and district-led public schools, parents and many educators see things differently. This fall, 15…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 10, 2020

Black Lives Don’t Matter to Trump and DeVos. That’s Why They’re in a Hurry to Send Our Kids Back to School.

A few weeks ago, I watched my good friend’s nephew jump and tussle around on a trampoline with his friends at his eighth birthday party.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 8, 2020

Donald Trump Will Never Give Us the Smart, Nuanced Conversation We Need About Going Back to School

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the end of the 2019-2020 school year, parents and politicians nationwide sang the praises of teachers across the country—and it…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted July 8, 2020

Black Girls Need Police-Free Schools

We are at a precipice. Advocates and school leaders in nearly 100 districts all over the country have called for the removal of police in…

By Nia Evans, Kayla Patrick

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