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Charter Schools
8:02 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Spokane Only School District Seeking Charter Authorizer Status

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Thirteen Washington districts formally expressed interest in being charter authorizers this spring, but only Spokane applied to the state by the July 1 deadline.

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Education Reform
7:35 am
Wed April 3, 2013

12 Wash. Districts File To Become Charter School Authorizers

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Twelve Washington school districts have formally announced they’ll apply to become charter school authorizers. Bellevue, Highline, Kent, Tacoma, Spokane and Port Townsend are among the districts seeking the power to approve charter school applications in their regions. Those districts met the State Board of Education's April 1 deadline for notices of intent to apply for authorizer status.

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Education
11:53 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Governor Announces Charter School Commission Appointments

Last November, voters approved Initiative 1240 to establish charter schools in Washington state and today the governor announced who is going to sit on the commission that will review and approve charter schools applications. Ross Reynolds sits down with newly appointed commission member and former Seattle School Board member Steve Sundquist about how the commission will work.

Education Reform
6:11 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Washington Charter School Commissioners To Be Announced This Week

The first members of Washington state’s new Charter School Commission are due to be appointed Wednesday. The commission will be able to approve some of the 40 charter schools allowed under the law voters passed last fall.

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Initiative 1240
4:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Union-Led Group Calls For Challenge To Washington Charter School Law

A group that includes Washington’s largest teachers’ union has formally asked state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s new charter school law.

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Education
5:58 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Charter School Countdown: What's Next

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The charter school initiative appears to have passed. The first charter schools would likely open their doors in Washington next school year, at the earliest. Here's the countdown of what's next.

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Elections 2012
9:09 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Charter School Initiative Passes, Says AP

The charter school initiative has passed by a narrow margin, according to the Associated Press. The vote stands at 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent. That's a difference of about 44,000 votes. Statewide, 269,000 ballots remain to be counted. The No on 1240 campaign Facebook page says campaign managers won't consider the race over until every vote is counted.

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Education
9:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

What Does Adequate School Funding Look Like?

School lockers.

The Supreme Court of Washington ruled earlier this year that the state is not meeting its constitutional duty to fully fund public education. What does a well-funded school system look like? We talk with Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University.

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Elections 2012
3:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly

Charter schools could come to Washington if I-1240 holds its lead.
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The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington is narrowly passing with 51 percent of the vote. This was the fourth time the state’s voters considered charter schools. Supporters said charters would expand students’ educational options because charters aren’t bound by district or union rules.

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Ballot Initiatives
8:12 am
Tue November 6, 2012

What Happens After Vote On Gay Marriage, Pot And Charter Schools?

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Marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage are hot-button issues on the Washington ballot. Even after the measures are decided, the debate will likely continue and changes won't happen overnight.

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Elections 2012
11:14 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Charter Schools' Fiscal Impact Unknown

If Initiative 1240 passes, public school funding would finance each charter school created under the law.

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Elections 2012
9:20 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Grading The Charter School Claims

I-1240 class is in session.
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This fall, voters in Washington will decide whether to legalize charter schools in the state for the first time. Washington voters have considered charters three times before. But the details of charter school funding, oversight and independence can be confusing. So we took a red pen to claims by supporters and opponents of Initiative 1240, and gave each claim a grade to see who gets to go to the head of the class – and who needs to go back and check their work.

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Other
11:41 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Randy Dorn: Over $4 Billion Needed For State Education Funding

Schools Chief Rand Dorn needs an additional $4.1 billion to fully fund K-12 education in Washington state.
(AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

Washington lawmakers have a mandate from the State Supreme Court to fully fund basic K-12 education.  State School Superintendent Randy Dorn says that will cost taxpayers an additional $4.1 billion per year.

Dorn’s running unopposed for a second term as Superintendent of Public Instruction.  He joins David Hyde to talk about school funding, the debate over charter schools and other issues in education.    
 

Elections 2012
8:52 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Seattle School Board Says "No" To Charter Initiative

Seattle School Board, 2012
Seattle Public Schools

The Seattle School Board said a unanimous "no" to charter schools last night. The board members approved a resolution against Initiative 1240, which would bring up to 40 charter schools to Washington over five years.

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Elections 2012
5:54 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

10 Donors Funded 91 Percent Of Charter Schools Campaign

Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.
(AP Photo/April L. Brown)

The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state has now raised more cash than any other measure on the ballot. Donors have contributed more than $8.9 million to the Yes on 1240 campaign. Of that, 91 percent came from just ten people, according to the Public Disclosure Commission website.

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