charter schools

Charter School Case
8:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Wash. Supreme Court Hears Charter School Case

The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.
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The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of the voter-approved charter school law.

The primary issue in the case is whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.

State law dictates that certain funding is only for so-called “common schools” - traditionally, K-12 public schools.

Last year, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that funding charters with money that’s restricted for common schools was unconstitutional.

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Charter Schools
5:26 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Spokane Approves Second Charter School

Wednesday night the Spokane Public Schools board authorized a second charter school for the district: Spokane International Academy.
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Wednesday night, the Spokane Public Schools board authorized a second charter school for the district: Spokane International Academy. The board approved its first charter school Pride Prep in January.

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Charter Schools
6:14 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short

An annual survey by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers found that the closure rate for charter schools in 2013 was 3.3 percent.
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About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended a charter school in eastern Idaho may have to repeat classes, or even an entire grade, next year. A state commission found their fledgling school failed to measure up.

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Northwest News
9:43 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Washington Gets Its First Charter School

PRIDE Prep's Brenda McDonald says she is excited to be apart of Washington state's first charter school.
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Spokane has approved Washington State’s first charter school after a unanimous vote by the city’s public school board.

Spokane Public Schools received applications earlier this year from three charter school organizations; PRIDE Prep, iLead and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. After submitting applications organizations went through interviews and public forums.  In a vote January 22, the school board unanimously approved the PRIDE Prep school.

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Charter School Law
6:24 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Mixed Ruling From Judge On Charter School Law

A judge’s ruling Thursday will allow the introduction of charter schools in Washington, but strikes down part of the law as unconstitutional.

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Spokane Charter Schools
7:19 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Spokane Only School District In Washington Seeking To Choose Their Charter Schools

The Spokane School District wants to be allowed to consider applications from prospective charter schools.

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WA Charter Schools
8:43 am
Wed November 7, 2012

WA Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly

The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington state is narrowly passing with 51 percent of the vote.

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Idaho School Reform
6:21 am
Mon October 15, 2012

School Reforms Tested At Idaho Ballot Box

Coeur d’Alene music teacher Tim Sandford displays his political convictions in his yard. He says the ballot fight over new education laws in Idaho has created a “toxic” environment for teachers.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson

Idaho is considering whether to keep three education laws that overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom.

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Washington Charter Schools
6:08 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Wash. Charter School Backers Check In With Plenty Of Signatures

Supporters of creating charter schools in Washington say they have more than enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. They turned in their petitions Friday.

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