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Unanimous: five Attorneys General think court got charters case wrong


We've told you our take on the outrageous ruling by the State Supreme Court calling public charter schools unconsitutional. It's an affront to the over 1,200 students who, many for the first time, have access to a great public school.

Parents scramble for answers in wake of Supreme Court charter ruling


Twenty-four hours ago, Jessica Garcia’s son and daughter began to cry. She had just hung up the phone with her friend, Danielle, who had delivered the bad news. She was speechless, betrayed, lost.

Hours earlier, the Washington State Supreme Court had ruled that her child’s school—Destiny Charter Middle School in Tacoma—was unconstitutional.

School had been in session for three weeks.

“I felt stabbed. I felt let down,” Jessica said. “It just felt like the bottom dropped out from underneath me.”

Court’s Ruling on Charter Schools an Affront to Vulnerable Students


We are deeply disappointed by the Washington State Supreme Court ruling public charter schools unconstitutional in our state. Whether or not the Court's decision has legal merit, there is no doubt that the result is morally wrong. It is an affront to our most vulnerable students. 

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.

2015 Legislative Wrap-Up


What a historic ride it has been this legislative session: 176 days, three special sessions, the longest legislative session in Washington's history, and with an additional $1.3 billion added to education spending, the largest education spending increase in 30 years.

Special Thanks

Vote for an education champion in Tacoma, vote for Andrea Cobb


When it comes to making decisions about the future of our schools, we must elect local leaders who will keep children front and center in their policy priorities.  That is why we get involved in elections by endorsing strong candidates for the Tacoma School Board.

We endorse education champions who share our desire for bold change, who will make education their top priority, who can work strategically and effectively, and who will work with the community over the long term to improve outcomes for students in Tacoma. 

Eight more nonprofits vie to open a public charter school in Washington State


Eight nonprofits have submitted a letter of intent to apply to open a public charter school in Washington through the State Charter School Commission.

May 15 is the deadline for these nonprofits to submit their full application. The commission will vote August 13 on which applications to approve.

So, what do these letters of intent reveal? As we've done in the past, let's take a closer look at some of the prospects.

Finally, some grand plans that tackle school levies


In mid-April, State Superintendent Randy Dorn, followed by Senate and House lawmakers, unveiled their own grand proposals to address the crux of the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling: boosting funding for basic education in a reliable and sustainable way.

To do so, lawmakers must tackle the challenge of reducing school districts’ reliance on local levies, while shifting the cost burden to the State.

OPSI's Statement on Statewide Testing


The following is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on using state testing to help determine if students are on a path to success after high school:

House, Senate budget proposals prioritize education, but don’t address local district spending burden


In early April, State House and Senate lawmakers passed their respective budget proposals for the 2015-17 biennium. We want to thank our state lawmakers for prioritizing education policies that favor student outcomes and an aligned funding system.

Let’s start with what looks promising in the budget proposals:


  • House Budget Proposal: $1.4 billion

  • Senate Budget Proposal: $1.3 billion