Stories tagged: Charter Schools
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 2:41 P.M.
Private school vouchers favored by DeVos don’t offer real advantage over public schools, study indicates
A new study reports that there is no evidence that school vouchers – which use public dollars to pay for private school tuition and are favored by Education Secretary Betsy …
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017
Big victory for charter schools and students
Thus far, charter schools have demonstrated an ability to close the opportunity gap by improving outcomes for students who struggled in traditional settings.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 2:42 P.M.
King County judge rules new state charter school law is constitutional
A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state’s charter school law didn’t demonstrate that charter schools are unconstitutional.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017
Jay Ambrose: Schools can chart a better course
Betsy DeVos played a large role in expanding charter schools in Michigan, and critics say the consequences have been awful. That’s false.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017, 10:28 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Can Patty Murray get answers from Trump nominee Betsy DeVos?
When Michigan billionaire and school “reformer” Betsy DeVos goes before senators for confirmation hearings as education secretary next Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray will have a few questions.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016
Charter schools need oversight, accountability
Charters schools in Washington state are more polarizing than they ought to be, because stringent oversight helps ensure that public dollars are not being wasted. In fact, the state’s model …
THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016, 4:36 P.M.
Washington charter school law best in nation, according to report
Washington State’s reinstated charter school law is the best in the nation - tied with Indiana and Nevada - according to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2016
Bryant offers more engaged leadership
Gov. Jay Inslee has a sunny re-election pitch: Economy has rebounded; big investments in education and transportation; definitive action on climate change. And while much of that occurred while he …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2016, 6:36 P.M.
Federal government gives $6.9 million to Washington charter schools
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Washington charter schools a $6.9 million grant on Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2016
Charter school lawsuit is disappointing
If the lawsuit truly is about the kids, then what about charter school students who are thriving like never before? Where is the concern that they didn’t do as well …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 5:40 P.M.
Lawsuit targets Washington’s new charter schools law
Teachers unions, parents and other groups are suing over Washington’s new charter school law, a measure that was enacted last spring after the state Supreme Court struck down the old …
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
Spokane International Academy finishes the school year on a high note
Spokane International Academy had a rocky start in September when the state Supreme Court ruled only days after classes started that charter schools were unconstitutional. But the doors stayed open …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016, 12:55 P.M.
Washington charter school system gets back to work
The Washington State Charter School Commission got back to work on Wednesday.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 4 A.M.
Spin Control: Charter school celebrations are premature
OLYMPIA – Fans of Washington’s public charter schools had reason to celebrate in the last week after the Legislature’s plan to keep them afloat with lottery money became law by …
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016, 11:06 A.M.
Campaign to save charter schools spent close to $1.9M
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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016
Editorial: Charter schools need sustained support
Supporters say the new law resolves the constitutional questions, but opponents will almost certainly challenge it. The Legislature may need to return to the drawing board. It would help it …
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016, 4:29 P.M.
Washington charter school fix becomes law without governor’s signature
Gov. Jay Inslee has decided to let the Legislature’s charter school fix become law without his signature.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 3:43 P.M.
Washington education measures to help disadvantaged students
Gov. Jay Inslee signed two education bills in Seattle on Wednesday, both aimed at helping disadvantaged kids get a better education.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016
Editorial: Charter schools survive, bigger issue looms
In a session where charter schools were given a reprieve, the larger education issue was delayed, yet again.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 4:18 P.M.
Charter school “fix” sent to Gov. Jay Inslee
A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 2:22 P.M.
Washington state Senate passes charter school law fix
The Washington Senate has voted to pass a fix to the state charter school law that lawmakers hope will pull the alternative public schools out of constitutional trouble.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 8:12 P.M.
Bill would keep Washington charter schools open using lottery money
Washington state House of Representatives passes changes to charter school law in effort to keep them open.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2016, 5:15 P.M.
Washington Senate maneuvers to keep charter-school funding alive
Charter school funding prospect kept alive in Senate.
MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2016, 1:51 P.M.
Idaho Senate backs contentious charter school contract bill
Charter schools would no longer be required to use the same teacher contracts as other public schools under a new bill that has cleared the Idaho Senate.
SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016
Charter schools need Legislature to act
In our community, it is not uncommon to witness people stepping up in big and small ways to make a difference in people’s lives. We’ve seen that in more ways …
MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016, 3:26 P.M.
Idaho’s virtual charter schools have 20 percent graduation rate
BOISE – Idaho officials who’ve been troubled by news this year that the state’s high school graduation is much lower than had long been thought have identified where the problem’s …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2016, 2:34 P.M.
Senate approves bill to pay for charter schools with lottery money
Senate Republicans moved to keep charter schools open with Lottery money in an effort to find a system that would pass muster with the Supreme Court.
SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016, 5 A.M.
Washington legislative session expected to be shorter, focused on education
Issues the Washington Legislature will face include education funding, charter schools and carbon pollution.
SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016
Editorial: Good news for charter schools
Legislators working on answers to constitutional issues. Meanwhile, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides stopgap funding.
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 4:42 P.M.
Springdale school district gets $2.1 million for charter schools
The small Eastern Washington school district that many Washington charter schools will be joining received a $2.1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in December.