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State Supreme Court justices decry tactics
Aug 15, 7:52 AM: An orchestrated effort is attempting to unseat three state Supreme Court justices over two controversial school-funding rulings, the court’s most junior justice said during the Jefferson County Bar Association’s Continuing >
Lawsuit challenges Charter School Act
Aug 12, 6:00 AM: As Excel Public Charter School in Kent prepares to start it second school year Aug. 22, the constitutionality of charter schools across the state is in question again.
Coalition files new challenge to Washington’s charter-school law
Aug 4, 7:59 AM: A new challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s charter-school law was filed in King County Superior Court on Wednesday by a coalition of parents, educators, school administrators and civic groups. >
Charter-school backers spending big to try to unseat state Supreme Court justice
Jul 29, 6:10 AM: Some of the biggest proponents of charter schools in Washington state are pouring money into the race to defeat state Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen, who authored last year’s decision declaring the privately run, >
State schools chief sues 7 districts over use of levy dollars
Jul 20, 5:36 AM: Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn sued Tuesday to stop seven school districts, including Everett, from using local levy dollars to pay teacher salaries and other expenses of basic education.
State schools chief preparing legal action against districts
Jul 15, 7:08 AM: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn plans to sue a few school districts that use local levy dollars to pay for elements of basic education, such as teachers’ salaries.
Angela Allen turned around "persistently failing school'
Jun 23, 5:17 AM: Allen inherited a low-income school that the state labeled “persistently low achieving” in state test scores. With $1.45 million federal school improvement grant, she hired two instructional coaches to lead changes in math >
Excel charter wraps up first school year, prepares for second
Jun 9, 7:19 AM: As Excel Public Charter School's first year comes to an end, Adel Sefrioui, its founder and executive director, says he has accomplished what he set out to do: create a school that could see different results than a >
Controversial school-funding rulings prompt crowded Supreme Court races
Jun 9, 6:55 AM: The three judicial candidates also take issue with the court’s 2015 decision striking down the state’s voter-approved charter school law.
Lots of black students, few special ed students at Washington's first charter schools
Jun 6, 6:22 AM: The state’s eight charter schools are not technically charters right now. The state Supreme Court invalidated the original charter law last year. Since then the schools have either operated independently or as part of a >
Six Washington charter schools get a second start
May 26, 6:35 AM: Six of Washington’s charter schools will get another lease on life under the state’s new charter law, after action by the Washington State Charter School Commission.
Clash over a number foils agreement on state budget outlook
May 20, 5:26 AM: In what may be a first, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council couldn’t get the votes Wednesday to approve Washington’s budget-forecast outlook.
Education association, unions plan to challenge charter school law
May 13, 7:07 AM: Washington Education Association and several teachers unions plan to file a lawsuit to challenge the state’s second charter school law at the end May.
Charter-school advocates sending money Mullet’s way
May 11, 6:28 AM: More than 10 percent of Mullet’s cash contributions this election cycle are from proponents of charter schools. Mullet and Magendanz were co-sponsors of a bill to salvage the state’s charter-school law after it was struck >
Spokane charter schools celebrate state support
Apr 19, 6:40 AM: They were on the brink of a shutdown, but now charter schools in Spokane are celebrating their reprieve.
Washington charter school system gets back to work
Apr 14, 6:52 AM: The Washington State Charter School Commission got back to work on Wednesday. The board, which was reconstituted in the state's new charter school law, held a virtual meeting and set requirements and new deadlines for >
Excel celebrates charter school law
Apr 13, 6:24 AM: Excel Public Charter School in Kent will host a celebration on Wednesday to mark the passage of a Senate bill that allows charter schools to operate again.
Campaign to save charter schools spent close to $1.9M
Apr 11, 5:37 AM: A lobbying campaign to save Washington's charter schools spent nearly $1.9 million to influence the public and state lawmakers, according to documents filed with the state.
Excel plans for next year after legislative fix reinstates charter schools
Apr 8, 6:35 AM: Students and staff at Excel Public Charter School in Kent could rest easy during spring break this week knowing their school would be allowed to operate again as a charter school.
WEA preps lawsuit against new charter-schools law
Apr 8, 6:28 AM: The Washington State Education Association announced Thursday that it is planning the legal challenge, along with several other plaintiffs.



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