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Online public schools a growing option for parents
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Sep 22, 5:39 AM: "It’s working fantastic for us,” said Mills, whose son and daughter Gwen are both students at Washington Connections Academy, an online school. The tuition-free online schools offer students direct instruction with >
Lawmakers didn’t finish job on school reform, lawyer argues
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Sep 1, 4:54 AM: The Legislature only came part way to meeting a Supreme Court directive to improve public schools by passing a plan that doesn’t spend enough, soon enough, an attorney for the families who won a landmark decision on >
Fain named Champion for Kids for online public school advocacy
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Aug 31, 5:54 AM: While much of the focus remains on public school students in traditional classroom settings, thousands also embrace alternative options including online learning, for which Sen. Joe Fain was recognized as a “Champion for >
Life after No Child Left Behind: Washington state to submit plan for new federal K-12 law
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Aug 28, 7:00 AM: When the new federal K-12 education law — called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — takes effect this coming school year, parents won’t receive letters that their child’s school “needs improvement” because the school >
School choice surges in Washington state and beyond
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Aug 25, 5:48 AM: Washington state became the 42nd state in the nation to offer parents the option of enrolling their children in a public charter school. In the fall of 2015, eight public charter schools opened in Seattle, Tacoma, >
Pride Prep, one of Spokane’s two charter schools, is starting a high school
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Aug 14, 6:42 AM: For the last two years, Pride Prep, one of Spokane’s two charter schools, has been a middle school. But starting this fall students will be able to attend a new high school – Innovation High. There will be 100 kids in the >
In a twist, nearly half of Seattle School Board District 4 hopefuls have no kids
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Jul 25, 7:31 AM: Three of the seven candidates in the race for the District 4 seat on the Seattle School Board don’t have children. Parent Eden Mack, however, is the front-runner.
What teachers and students get out of the state’s school overhaul
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Jul 18, 6:00 AM: Much of the discussion about Washington’s new K-12 school reform has focused on how it might affect taxpayers. But the state’s plan to pour about $7.3 billion of new state money into public schools over the next four years >
More charter schools to open in Washington state, encouraging new network
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Jul 11, 7:00 AM: Controversy surrounding charter schools in Washington has barely abated since the voter initiative allowing them passed, narrowly, in 2012, quickly followed by dueling lawsuits.
Washington state lawmakers announce compromise on high-school graduation tests
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Jun 23, 6:08 AM: The deal would exempt students — temporarily — from passing biology exams in order to earn a diploma. It also would provide alternative options for high school students who fail any of the three required tests. >
East Valley online school kept skater in rink
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May 31, 5:45 AM: The online school began in 2009 under the umbrella of Washington Academy of Arts and Technology, which encompassed several different school programs. This year is the first year EV Online has been its own school and 22 >
Washington’s K-12 chief pitches vision of ‘very different’ school system
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May 25, 5:20 AM: After serving in the state House of Representatives for five years, Reykdal last month celebrated his first 100 days as Washington’s chief of K-12 schools. In that time, he’s come up with an ambitious plan that — if he can >
Home-based K-12 schools on the rise in Washington
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May 8, 6:15 AM: Preston is a first-grader enrolled in Washington Connections Academy online public school. The no-tuition, virtual school was approved in Washington state for grades K-12 in 2016 and currently serves grades K-10; grades 11 >
Online education — it’s happening
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Mar 30, 6:07 AM: Gloria Gill and her family moved to Lynden in 2010 in search of a smaller community. After placing her two children in local schools, she realized it wasn’t for them. She turned to other approaches in education and decided >
Senate Republicans push through massive property tax shift as part of school reform plan
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Mar 24, 5:44 AM: Senate Republicans pushed through a massive shift in property taxes as a way of balancing their two-year, $43 billion spending plan and the school reforms it would contain.
Washington House passes Democrats’ school plan; GOP asks ‘Where’s the money?’
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Feb 23, 6:32 AM:

Lawmakers face a difficult task of sorting through two very different plans to improve Washington’s public schools and change the way it pays for them after the House passed its version of education reform Wednesday.

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King County judge says Washington charter school law can stand
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Feb 20, 6:38 AM: A King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Washington state’s newest charter school law — approved by the Legislature last year — does not violate the state constitution.
Why one local family chose online school
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Feb 8, 7:36 AM: With the recent confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, there's been a lot of conversation about the future of public schooling. Some families say traditional public schools just aren’t for them. >
Summit Atlas, first charter school in West Seattle holds groundbreaking ceremony
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Feb 3, 7:16 AM: The school will open in August for the 2017-2018 school year to its first class of 6th graders and 9th graders. The school will grow each year to eventually serve 6th - 12th grades. The plan involves two phases with phase >
Latest charter-school fight plays out in King County courtroom
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Jan 30, 7:48 AM: The state’s charter schools are well into their second school year, but they still remain in legal limbo with a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality before a King County Superior Court judge.

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