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

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“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:

Inside Olympia with Dave Powell

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Stand for Children Washington’s Executive Director Dave Powell and League of Education Voters’ CEO Chris Korsmo recently sat down with Austin Jenkins to discuss education funding on Inside Olympia .

On the program, Dave discussed Stand's work to Protect School Funding.

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

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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.

Stand University for Parents in the news

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Stand for Children Tacoma Director Liesl Santkuyl recently attended the "Symposium on our Youngest Citizens," an event to make Tacoma more child-centered, and was quoted in the Tacoma News Tribune.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland made the point that a community that supports children necessarily must support parents. One local nonprofit is focusing on the parent part of the equation.

Washington's first public charter school opens its doors

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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

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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.

The Primary Election Results are in...

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All but one of the candidates endorsed by Stand for Children made it through the Primary Election!

Here's why that matters: Only the top two candidates in the Primary Election move on to the General Election. So for Stand for Children, that means 23 of our 24 endorsed candidates are one step closer to winning their races!

This is a big win for Washington students. 

The next important date to remember is October 17, 2014 -- the day when ballots for the General Election are mailed out. So mark it on your calendar and remember to vote!

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

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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!  

Vote for an education champion in the primary

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With record low voter turnout across the country, your vote will count more than ever this election.

So take 28 seconds to find which candidate Stand for Children endorsed in your legislative district:

Passing and protecting the College and Career Ready Diploma

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Last Thursday, months after the legislature approved the College and Career Ready Diploma, the State Board of Education voted to protect the newly-passed high school diploma from being watered down.

It was a victory for Washington students and a powerful reminder to all education advocates that our work doesn't stop with lawmakers.

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