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The three-year-old charter school recently inked an agreement for a new building in north Spokane worth $9.7 million. Staff say the expansion will get rid of the waiting list to be accepted into the school.
With a major expansion planned at one school, and another catering to teenage parents opening next year, Spokane is seeing a spike in charter school enrollments that have backers cheering, despite concerns about funding for other schools.
A $6.7 million project to improve Gonzaga Preparatory School’s athletic facilities is entering its third phase this fall, with a nearly $1 million addition to the private school’s wrestling gymnasium.
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 in “acceptable” learning environments?
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 and the school rallied and now boasts that test results show students making big gains in reading.
My daughter’s charter school has delivered on its promise to deliver an innovative learning experience.
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 than one, thanks to the incredible, generous support from parents, students, teachers and community leaders who only want the best for kids in this region. When we set out to establish two of Washington’s first public charter schools – Spokane Internaional Academy and PRIDE Prep – we couldn’t have fully anticipated the outpouring of support and welcoming we would receive from the Spokane community.
Washington State charter schools, including two in Spokane, may join the Mary Walker School District, near Springdale, Wash., later this month. The agreement would keep charter schools open as public schools despite a Washington state Supreme Court ruling declaring their funding source unconstitutional.
Rather than give lawmakers clear signals on charter schools, a divided court stubbornly stays the wrong course.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers visited one of Spokane’s charter schools, Pride Prep, in a show of support Monday. “We need to say ‘yes’ to charter schools,” she said. “We need to impress that upon the governor and Legislature.”
Kyle McCarty’s sixth-grade daughter wakes up early because she’s excited to go to school at Pride Prep, one of Spokane’s two charter schools. That’s a big change for the 11-year-old, he said. “I had to drag her out of bed for regular school,” McCarty said.
OLYMPIA – Charter schools are unconstitutional in Washington, the state Supreme Court said in a decision that endangers two charters in Spokane that just opened. The court in its decision released Friday afternoon voided an initiative approved by voters in 2012, saying charter schools don’t fit the definition of “common schools” that’s set down in the constitution because they lack local control and local accountability.
As Travis Franklin prepares to open a new charter school in Northeast Spokane, he worries the state is changing the ground rules by rushing through new regulations on staffing and pay that make charters too much like standard public schools. “The whole point of passing the initiative and having charter schools was doing something different,” said Franklin, head of school for the Spokane International Academy, scheduled to open this fall in the old St. Patrick’s School.
Children’s names written on 3-by-5 cards tumbled around a spinning bingo barrel until Spokane’s premier charter school leader drew them out one at a time. “Ready? This is a historic moment,” said Pride Prep’s director, Brenda McDonald. The first card had two names: David and Charles Thomas, brothers. The parents and children who gathered earlier this week at Spokane Community College for the student lottery erupted in applause.
Spokane’s first charter school may have found a home near the heart of the city. Pride Prep leaders have proposed teaching classes inside the 15,000-square-foot building that once housed the Social Security Administration.
Spokane Public Schools’ board authorized the second charter school in its district Wednesday with a 4-0 vote. The approval is practically a repeat of the board’s first authorization of a charter school nine months ago.