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Bill to Save Charter Schools Passes Senate

January 20th, 2016

Big news today in the Washington Legislature. SB 6194, a bipartisan bill to fix the way public charter schools are funded, passed the Senate with a vote of 27-20. The bill represents a solution to the state Supreme Court ruling in September that declared the previous funding mechanism for public charter schools unconstitutional. Washington’s eight public charter schools currently serve more than 1,100 students. Finding… Read more

Ed Boards: Save Washington’s Charter Schools

January 14th, 2016

Earlier this week, we talked about the need for the 2016 Legislature, now on its fourth day of the short 60-day session, to act on a fix for public charter schools. The previous funding mechanism was ruled unconstitutional last year by the state Supreme Court. It’s a high priority for us (as outlined in our 2016 Policy Agenda), for the 1,300 students currently enrolled in public… Read more

Seattle Times Ed Board: Legislature shouldn’t put charter schools on the back burner

January 12th, 2016

Two major education issues face the Washington State Legislature as it reconvenes this week for the shorter 60-day session — McCleary and public charter schools. Building off unprecedented new investments in public education in recent years, lawmakers still have more work to do to address the Washington Supreme Court’s McCleary rulings regarding education funding. In our 2016 Policy Agenda, we urge the Legislature to “address… Read more

New Year, New Agenda for Olympia

January 11th, 2016

The Washington State Legislature convenes in Olympia today for a scheduled 60-day session. With progress needed toward a McCleary solution, a fix for charter schools, and a supplemental budget, there is plenty for lawmakers to tackle during the short session. We will be in Olympia working to advance an agenda that supports continued growth and expanded opportunity for all Washingtonians.  Learn more about… Read more