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Stand for Children praises new tests results in Washington


After years of complaints from colleges and employers that Washington students were graduating ill-prepared for their futures, the state adopted the Common Core State Standards, along with more rigorous tests that better measure critical thinking.

On Monday, the district-level results of these new tests were released. And Washington students did well — though there is plenty of room for improvement.

High court holds a hearing on Washington State's charter school act


“Does the Washington Charter School Act violate the Washington State Constitution?” That was the core legal question before the Washington Supreme Court yesterday.

The State of Washington and other public charter school advocates argued that Initiative 1240, which was approved by voters in 2012, is constitutional and that the law should be upheld.

At Stand, we agree. And here’s why:

New public charter school approved in Spokane with two more likely in Seattle, Sunnyside


The Spokane School Board approved Spokane International Academy this week by a unanimous vote.

The new school, which will open its doors in the fall of 2015, will be Spokane’s second public charter school. It will serve students in kindergarten, first and sixth grade during its opening year. You can read more about the school on their website or in The Spokesman-Review.

Washington's first public charter school opens its doors


Washington’s first public charter school opens its doors today, signaling a new era in education for students and parents throughout our state.

At the opening event, it began to rain, which Rep. Eric Pettigrew said was fitting since we are planting seeds and investing in our children.

Located in Seattle, First Place Scholars will serve nearly 100 children from kindergarten through fifth grade this year.

Washington students don’t make the grade for No Child Left Behind


Now that Washington has returned to No Child Left Behind—a broken federal law that hurts students and teachers—any school whose students are not meeting 100% proficiency in reading and math is deemed a failing school.

Test results were released on Wednesday, August 27 and, just like we anticipated, most schools didn’t make the grade.

Going Back to No Child Left Behind: What Parents Need to Know


Cinzia Lettieri is an intern at Stand for Children and a recent graduate of the University of Washington's Master of Education in Education Policy program.

Welcome back No Child Left Behind!

Until recently, you’ve been on a nice long vacation from our public schools, but now you’re back!  

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


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


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


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.