public schools http://www.kplu.org en Legal challenges ahead for charter schools? http://www.kplu.org/post/legal-challenges-ahead-charter-schools <p>Now that charter school backers have <a href="http://yeson1240.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/1240_Release_Nov10.pdf">declared victory</a>, opponents are readying possible legal challenges to the new law established by Initiative 1240.</p><p>State superintendent Randy Dorn has been warning for some time that he doesn’t believe the charter school law would be constitutional. Dorn’s office is charged with overseeing public schools in Washington, while the new charter schools would largely skirt his authority.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:02:27 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7093 at http://www.kplu.org Legal challenges ahead for charter schools? Washington students make progress on math, science tests http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-students-make-progress-math-science-tests <p>Washington students have <a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2012/StateTestResults.aspx">made some gains </a>on standardized test scores. <a href="http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?groupLevel=District&amp;schoolId=1&amp;reportLevel=State&amp;orgLinkId=100&amp;yrs=&amp;year=2011-12">Math scores ticked up </a>in nearly every grade tested, according to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Superintendent Randy Dorn says he’s encouraged by the steady improvement, and credits an intense focus on math and science.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:21:30 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6137 at http://www.kplu.org