- UW study: Want highly trained teachers to work at high-poverty schools? Try offering them $10,000
- > Jul 20, 7:05 AM: In Washington state, teachers who complete a rigorous national certification program and work at a high-poverty school collect a combined $10,000 bonus each year. And new research from the University of Washington finds
- Letter: Charter schools: Good for Washington
- > Jul 19, 6:11 AM: David Leonhardt wrote a fine column about the success charter schools have achieved in New Orleans. Unfortunately, he neglected to mention that charters are being fiercely fought all over the country by teachers unions,
- Opinion: Public unions should negotiate in the light
- > Jul 11, 6:20 AM: Open/observable negotiations is perfectly aligned with the concept, principles, and spirit of Washington’s open government laws as spelled out in the Open Public Meetings Law and Public Records Law. It will end the
- Three years of charter schools in Tacoma, and the fight against them rages on
- > Jul 9, 4:15 AM: Charters came to the state after a 2012 voter-approved initiative gave them the green light. They're not part of the public school system, which is divided into districts and governed by a publicly elected board.
- Why nearly 1,000 families are clamoring to get into Spokane's charter schools
- > Jul 6, 5:21 AM: Increasingly, families across the area are starting to agree. Between Spokane's two charter school systems — Spokane International Academy and PRIDE schools — the waitlist for students trying to get in stands at about 900.
- Newest Tacoma academy will give students healthy choice
- Jul 6, 4:53 AM: Tacoma Public Schools is unveiling yet another specialty school experiment, created with the region’s shortage of healthcare workers in mind.
- Some see move toward more charter schools in online course bill
- Jun 18, 6:12 AM: Some Boone County superintendents say a new law requiring districts to pay for online courses takes away local control and represents a march toward charter school expansion.
- Commentary: Charter schools debate about impact, not funding
The Herald Editorial Board published an editorial on May 23 calling for continued support for charter public schools, but erroneously suggested that support needs to come in the form of a legislative funding fix.>
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- Editorial: Charter school backers easily refute position by opponents
- > Jun 4, 6:41 AM: Charter school supporters have had to defend themselves in court — again. Back in mid-May, the state Supreme Court heard arguments over a lawsuit that challenges the law that authorizes the schools, which won voter
- It’s My Privilege to Stand Up for Charter Schools and Students
- > Jun 1, 5:47 AM: But I mean it sincerely when I say it’s a great honor and privilege to represent our state’s charter public schools and their students in court. I stood before the state Supreme Court in May to make the case that our
- Mom cites safety concerns as reason for virtual schooling
- May 31, 6:08 AM: Connie Krestel is a mother of four who was concerned about the security at her boys’ Snohomish County middle school. She enrolled her sons Dustin, 13, and Trevor, 12, at Washington Virtual Academies.
- ‘Square pegs’ avoid ‘round holes’ at online school
- > May 29, 6:14 AM: During typical school days, though, the children go to class using a computer, headset and internet connection. They are enrolled in Washington Connections Academy, an online public school. This is the school’s second
- Opinion: Dads like me know charter schools must be allowed to stay open
- > May 29, 5:53 AM: Charter schools, Washington’s innovative public schools that provide an alternative to the traditional K-12 school district model and focus on serving students from low-income families, recently went before the state
- Debate over state charter schools still isn’t over
- > May 29, 5:09 AM: It may surprise you to know that the debate over whether or not Washington state charter schools are constitutional still isn’t over. Voters approved an initiative in 2012 that allows up to 40 charter schools in Washington
- In Our View: Leave Charter Schools Be
- May 29, 4:22 AM: Washington’s public charter schools are governed by a well-designed system that should be allowed to establish roots and flourish.
- Editorial: High court should side with charter schools
- > May 25, 6:26 AM: Last week, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in another charter school challenge case. Outside of the Temple of Justice, hundreds of charter school students rallied to keep their educational homes open. Inside, the
- Editorial Give charters schools chance to succeed
- May 23, 7:11 AM: As a charter school prepares to open this fall in Walla Walla, the state Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a case that could keep the doors from opening.
- Editorial: Find better funding source for charter schools
- May 21, 7:04 AM: Hundreds of charter school students rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday as the state Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the fate of their schools and the more than 2,400 enrolled in them.
- State Supreme Court weighs validity of charter school law
- > May 18, 5:56 AM: Those challenging the law object to using public money to operate alternative, nonprofit charter schools over which voters have no control. Charter-school advocates and state attorneys argue that opponents are trying to
- Editorial: End legal fight over charter schools so focus can move to education
- > May 18, 4:58 AM: Washington’s public charter schools are flourishing, with 2,400 enrolled and promising early indications of student success. But a shadow remains over the these schools. And the state Supreme Court should put a stop to
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