charter schools http://www.kplu.org en Spokane Selects First Charter School, More Schools To Follow In Western Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/spokane-selects-first-charter-school-more-schools-follow-western-washington <p>The first charter school in Washington state will open in Spokane next year.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pride Prep was chosen from a pool of three applicants by the board of Spokane Public Schools on Wednesday. Brenda McDonald, a former middle school principal, will run the school for sixth&nbsp;through&nbsp;</span>12<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;graders. The school will focus on math and science, and have both a longer school day —&nbsp;eight hours instead of six — as well as a longer school year.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:36:06 +0000 Florangela Davila 12834 at http://www.kplu.org Spokane Selects First Charter School, More Schools To Follow In Western Washington Charter School Applicants Pitch Their Proposals in Seattle, Tacoma http://www.kplu.org/post/charter-school-applicants-pitch-their-proposals-seattle-tacoma <p>Those wanting to open up a charter school in the Seattle and Tacoma&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">areas will be making public presentations over the next week and a half.</span></p><p>The s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">tate’s Charter School Commission is holding </span><a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/education/commission/documents/pressRelease_20131227.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">six public forums</a>, which will help the commission&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">decide which&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">schools will open over the next two years.</span></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:05:55 +0000 Florangela Davila 12547 at http://www.kplu.org Court Ruling Could Impact How Charter Schools Get Funded http://www.kplu.org/post/court-ruling-could-impact-how-charter-schools-get-funded <p></p><p>A King County judge has ruled parts of the state’s charter school law are unconstitutional. But the nuances of the ruling have both supporters and opponents of charter schools declaring victory. &nbsp;</p><p>If it’s confusing why both sides fighting something in court would be happy, it has to do with how you read what King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel decided.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:04:48 +0000 Florangela Davila 11651 at http://www.kplu.org Court Ruling Could Impact How Charter Schools Get Funded State Taking Applications for Charter Schools http://www.kplu.org/post/state-taking-applications-charter-schools <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington state's new Charter School Commission has opened the statewide application process for charter schools.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The first step in the process is an Oct. 22 deadline for submitting a letter of intent to apply to open a charter school.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:47:23 +0000 The Associated Press 10101 at http://www.kplu.org Meet the people who will choose Washington's charter schools http://www.kplu.org/post/meet-people-who-will-choose-washingtons-charter-schools <p></p><p>Washington voters said yes last November to allowing a limited number of charter schools, and now we know <a href="http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/releases/article.aspx?id=61">the names of the people </a>who will select most of them. The Washington Charter School Commission is charged with setting criteria for new charter schools, and choosing which ones to authorize (Some school districts will eventually be able to do that, too).</p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:15:59 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7917 at http://www.kplu.org Washington charter schools advocates raise $10.8M http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-charter-schools-advocates-raise-108m <p></p><p>The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington has now raised $10.8 million in cash contributions.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:16:22 +0000 The Associated Press 6915 at http://www.kplu.org Public education honchos gather in anti-charter schools camp http://www.kplu.org/post/public-education-honchos-gather-anti-charter-schools-camp <p>Some prominent education officials, including the top dogs in Seattle and in Washington State, want voters to reject a ballot measure that would allow up to 40 charter schools in Washington. Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is announcing his opposition to Initiative 1240 Thursday morning, the day after Seattle School Board members voted unanimously to oppose the ballot measure. Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda recently reiterated his personal disapproval of the initiative as well. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:22:48 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6759 at http://www.kplu.org Public education honchos gather in anti-charter schools camp New Seattle superintendent wants flexibility for schools, just not too much http://www.kplu.org/post/new-seattle-superintendent-wants-flexibility-schools-just-not-too-much <p>Seattle&rsquo;s new superintendent of schools won&rsquo;t be voting for the charter schools initiative on the November&rsquo;s ballot. He doesn&rsquo;t care much for &ldquo;site-based management&rdquo; that gives lots of autonomy to individual schools and he&rsquo;s leery of letting schools more easily opt out of controversial curricula, such as &ldquo;discovery math.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5817 at http://www.kplu.org New Seattle superintendent wants flexibility for schools, just not too much Court blocks Seattle's "Creative Approach Schools" http://www.kplu.org/post/court-blocks-seattles-creative-approach-schools <p>Backers of a measure to allow charter schools in Washington are scheduled to turn in their petition signatures Friday. Meanwhile, a pilot project designed in part to short-circuit the argument for charter schools was blocked Thursday in court.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:39:41 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5519 at http://www.kplu.org