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Topic: News & Press

What we can learn from Washington's 14 new potential charter school applicants

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Washington's first public charter school will open this fall in Seattle, while 7 more will open the following school year.

But before a charter school can ever open its doors, it first has to go through an intensive application process.

And there is certainly no guarantee of approval.

Seattle’s Ambitious Plan for Universal Pre-Kindergarten

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Last week Mayor Ed Murray revealed his plan for Universal Pre-Kindergarten in Seattle. The Action Plan gave Seattleites their first view of what this program could look like for the city.

The plan also documented the city’s need: as many as 30% of Seattle’s three and four year olds come from families who do not have the financial means to pay for a preschool program and even more may be enrolled in programs whose quality is questionable.

Washington charter school advocates gather for first conference

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Last week, I attended the first annual Washington State Charter Schools Association Conference along with 370 educators, parents, community leaders, policy-makers and advocates to discuss how to create high-quality public charter schools in our state.

Notably, this was the first time that public charter school champions gathered together since the historic passage of Initiative 1240, which made possible the creation of public charter schools in Washington.

In the wake of losing control over $40 million for schools, lawmakers now scramble for cash

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Just five days after Washington became the first state to lose its waiver from No Child Left Behind—and over $40 million in federal education funding—lawmakers are scrambling to find new money for schools.

In a report to the Washington State Supreme Court, state lawmakers outlined their progress to comply with the McCleary decision, which ruled the state had failed in its "paramount duty" to fund public education.

Back to No Child Left Behind

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Washington just became the first state to lose its waiver from the punitive, outdated No Child Left Behind requirements. I am disappointed, but not surprised.

The loss of the waiver and control of over $40 million in funding could have easily been avoided, but the legislature failed to act.

Washington State Charter Schools Association to host first conference

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Interested in learning more about public charter schools in Washington? Then you'll definitely want to check out the First Annual WA Charters Conference on May 8 - 9, 2014.

Here's the run-down:

We are at a critical time for public education in Washington.  With the recent passage of Initiative 1240 and the subsequent approval of eight schools, we must come together to support the development of high quality public charter school sector for students in our state.

Parents: State Testing Starts This Week

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From March 25 through June 6, 2014, select school districts in Washington will be piloting new tests that are a better measure of student learning in math, reading and writing.

Common Core

Since Washington adopted the Common Core learning standards in 2011, our state along with 23 other states, which are part of the Smarter Balanced consortium, developed new Common Core-aligned tests to help measure students' knowledge, understanding and skills.

Gov Inslee says Legislature must act on NCLB & teacher evaluations

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After meeting with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Governor Inslee confirmed that Washington must pass legislation to update our teacher evalution system in order to keep our waiver from No Child Left Behind and the flexible federal funds that go with it.

Media Roundup: Teacher Evaluations, $44 million & No Child Left Behind

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Links to all the news coverage (updated 2/25) of Washington's teacher evaluation system, our waiver from No Child Left Behind and the $44 million in flexible federal funds that goes with it.

What's at stake: Preschools, after-school programs, summer programs, and instructional coaching for teachers. Click here to learn more.

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