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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Walmart heirs promote charter schools among black community

Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders …


UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

AP Analysis: Billionaires fuel powerful state charter school groups

Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

Charter Schools Round 2: Court questions oversight, teacher pay

The Washington Supreme Court raised questions about the commission that governs charter schools and the way the teachers are paid.


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

State Supreme Court weighs validity of charter school law

Hundreds of charter school students rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday as the Washington Supreme Court considered arguments that could threaten to close their classrooms.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Idaho Legislature wraps up 80-day legislative session without overriding Otter’s vetoes

The Idaho Legislature wrapped up an 80-day legislative session on Wednesday, opting at the end not to try to override a veto from Gov. Butch Otter, though lawmakers had remained …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

U.S. charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

Charter schools are among the nation’s most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds – an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing …


Political winds unfairly buffet charter schools

Resistance is myopic – and it’s particularly damaging to the poor students, often black and Hispanic, most helped by charters.


Poll: Support for charters drops markedly over past year

Expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice, according to a survey released …


Pride Prep, one of Spokane’s two charter schools, is starting a high school

Students at Pride Prep were given an unusual assignment this spring: Design their high school.


DeVos faces tough questions about school voucher program at Senate hearing

What exactly would a federal school voucher program look like, and would it fund schools that discriminate against students based on their gender, religion, race or sexual orientation?


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Think tank wants to let 800,000 military kids use public dollars for private education

The conservative Heritage Foundation is pushing to allow 800,000 military children to use federal tax dollars for private education, a proposal that comes as President Trump seeks to make good …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11 p.m.

Labrador talks education, lowering taxes at Post Falls campaign stop

Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador promised to lower taxes, expand school choice and eliminate Common Core if elected the next governor of Idaho at a Post Falls campaign stop Wednesday.


Trump asks Congress to extend school choice programs

President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Congress to work with him on extending school choice programs nationwide to benefit millions of students, including low-income African-American and Hispanic children.


At Fort Bragg, DeVos talks up school vouchers for military families

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited a Department of Defense primary school at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and told parents stationed there that the Trump administration wants to provide vouchers …


Medical, technical charter schools populate Idaho workforce

When Madison Sargent enrolled in Meridian Technical Charter High School as a freshman, she wasn’t a tech geek. She didn’t even own a computer. She preferred spending time outdoors when …


UPDATED: Tue., 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 …


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.


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.


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: Thu., 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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


Washington charter school system gets back to work

The Washington State Charter School Commission got back to work on Wednesday.


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 …


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.