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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.
The Charter Project
Apr 7, 7:08 AM: After being saved by state lawmakers, charter schools — including Spokane's PRIDE Prep — can focus on helping students who want an educational alternative.
Gov. Inslee grudgingly allows charter schools to survive
Apr 4, 5:09 AM: Caught between well-funded advocates trying to save charter schools and charter opponents urging a veto, including the state’s largest teachers union, Gov. Jay Inslee is choosing to do nothing.
Argument against charter schools a ‘red herring,’ says Mercer Island legislator
Mar 24, 6:24 AM: A bill to preserve Washington public charter schools cleared the Senate floor with a 26-23 vote on March 10. Under the legislation, funding will come from the state's Opportunity Pathways Account, which contains state >
Bipartisan backing, kids' lobbying, rescues Washington's charter schools
Mar 11, 7:14 AM: The state House of Representatives late Wednesday passed legislation that sets up a new pot of money for charter schools, an 11th-hour rescue built on TV commercials and relentless lobbying by students and their parents. >
House approves bill to keep charter schools open, clearing way for passage
Mar 10, 7:39 AM:

In an effort to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s objections to charter schools, a revision of the 2012 voter-approved charter-school law adds oversight, taps lottery funds and says the privately run schools won’t be >



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