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‘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 >
Letter: Fund rural school districts
May 16, 6:10 AM: Washington has a track record of great teachers in its metropolitan districts, while its rural districts struggle to attract experienced and even qualified teachers. Dozens of the rural school districts in central >
Willow charter school holds initial 'signing' event for students
Apr 24, 6:27 AM: The evening was a personal milestone for Christianson and visibility at last for Walla Walla’s new and only charter school. After being granted charter status in 2014, Willow appeared headed to the chopping block along >
Apprentice program serves youth and business
Apr 19, 6:18 AM: Weissenbuehler’s company has benefited from its participation in Washington’s Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) program, which allows young apprentices to graduate from high school with college credit, a >
Washington implementing new system for judging schools
Apr 19, 5:44 AM: Parents have a new way to examine how schools are doing in Washington state. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal said the new system will help administrators, teachers and parents identify deficiencies in all schools, >
Guest Commentary: High Schools Need to Strengthen Vocational Education
Apr 18, 5:31 AM: Some career preparation options already exist, but are little-known and underutilized – options like New Market Skills Center, online Running Start, technical college Running Start, the alternative programs like Olympia >
These rare schools see benefits of combining AP classes with vocational training
Apr 12, 6:07 AM: At most high schools, however, the book learning and hands-on experiences are kept separate. Tesla is a rare case in which classes blend a college-oriented curriculum with one aimed at employment. Students say the benefits >
These classes keep kids in school. A Tri-City area district just invested $5 million in them
Apr 12, 6:03 AM: CTE classes are proven effective in keeping kids engaged — reducing dropout rates and increasing on-time graduation rates. In a community like Finley, they're particularly valuable.
Seattle School Board selects first Native American superintendent in city history
Apr 5, 4:42 AM: The Seattle School Board spent less than two months narrowing down a pool of 63 candidates to just three finalists vying to lead Washington’s largest school district. Wednesday night, the Board voted unanimously to select >
Charter school to open in Walla Walla in August
Mar 16, 6:47 AM: Finding the right home is a problem inherent with charter schools, he explained. While schools like Willow are state and federally funded for every student, they don’t get access to financing resources such as traditional >
Charter schools, despite ongoing legal questions, attract the families they hoped to get
Feb 12, 5:44 AM: Washington voters were among the last in the country to approve charter schools, which are free, publicly funded and, in this state, run by independent nonprofits. The oldest have been open less than three years, so their >
Local charter school expands, offers new positions for teachers
Feb 9, 6:21 AM: It was only a couple years ago when charter schools in Washington state were in a legal battle to keep their doors open. Now, their future in Spokane seems brighter than ever.



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