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State Supreme Court to hear charter-schools case again
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Dec 20, 6:06 AM: The Supreme Court announced in early December that it will hear the latest legal challenge to charter schools in 2018. The challenge came after a King County Superior Court judge ruled in February that the state’s >
School Board may try new tactic to fight charter schools in Seattle
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Dec 15, 7:53 AM: Seattle’s board of education has been resolute in its opposition to charter schools, and next month will try a new approach to thwart their growth. The Green Dot network, which runs 28 charters in California, Tennessee and >
New charter high school planned for South Seattle
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Dec 1, 6:19 AM: Despite strong headwinds, charter-school supporters continue to increase their foothold in Washington. If the California-based Green Dot group gets its way, a three-story charter high school will open in Seattle next >
Growing school district, growing city: Seattle officials announce partnership to plan for both
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Nov 21, 6:14 AM: Seattle Public Schools and the city of Seattle plan to work together to build a new Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center, consider locating a school at or near there, too, and look into possible sites for other new schools >
Is school funding fixed? That’s up for debate in front of the Supreme Court soon
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Oct 23, 5:31 AM: The time is finally near for the Washington Supreme Court to decide if lawmakers have done enough to comply with a court order to fix issues with school funding, work that has dominated the agenda at the state Capitol for >
Spokane Charter Schools put up strong academic marks
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Sep 27, 6:52 AM: In Spokane there are currently two charter schools, Spokane International Academy and Pride Prep that between the two of them have 820 students. At Spokane International Academy there are currently 350 students on a wait >
Enrollment Continues to Grow at One Spokane Charter School
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Sep 27, 6:32 AM: Enrollment is expanding in at least one of Spokane’s two public charter schools and there’s a significant waiting list.
New Bellevue schools chief driven to tackle ethnic achievement gaps
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Sep 26, 5:57 AM: Superintendent Ivan Duran takes over at the Bellevue School District, known for high-performing schools but persistent achievement gaps for some nonwhite students. His own shattering experience of racism as a Latino kid in >
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 >

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