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August 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

State Supreme Court to decide if charter schools are constitutional

The Washington Supreme Court announced Friday it would consider whether a voter-approved charter school law violates the state constitution. Oral arguments concerning the lawsuit brought by charter-school opponents have been scheduled for Oct. 28. King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel found in December that parts of the new law were unconstitutional. The decision focused on whether…


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January 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Seattle teachers’ union expected to voice opposition at charter school public meeting

Potential operators of Washington’s first charter schools can expect some tough questions from members of the Seattle teacher’s union at a public forum Monday evening at South Seattle Community College. Seattle Education Association president Jonathan Knapp said in a news release Monday that dozens of Seattle teachers and educators are expected to participate. Knapp also reiterated the union’s…


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December 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Charter-school supporters claim victory in mixed ruling

Supporters and opponents of Washington’s new charter-school law both saw  good news in a judge’s ruling today that found part of the charter law unconstitutional. Both sides agree King County Superior Court Judge Jean A. Rietschel’s ruling strikes down the part of the law that would have made charter schools eligible for state construction money because…


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February 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Coalition files legal challenge to state charter-schools law

By Donna Gordon Blankinship The Associated Press A coalition of educators and community groups on Wednesday filed a legal challenge with the state attorney general, questioning the constitutionality of Washington’s new charter schools law. The three-page “legal demand” asks Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate seven constitutional issues with the law approved by voters in November. The coalition —…


Comments | Topics: charter schools, El Centro de la Raza, League of Women Voters

December 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Charter-school leaders to speak in Tacoma Saturday

Yvonne Chan, who led the first conversion of a regular public school to a charter, will be the one of two keynote speakers at a charter-school conference to be held Saturday in Tacoma. Chan continues to work at the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Los Angeles as principal. Other speakers include Marta Reyes, the first state…


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December 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM

New parent group to continue to fight charter schools

About four dozen parents, mostly from the Puget Sound region, have started a new group that hopes to keep charter schools out of Washington state, even though Initiative 1240 has passed. The group, which calls itself Protect Our Public Schools, doesn’t plan to focus exclusively on the charter-school issue, but will start with it. “The election is over, but the…


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November 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Saturday Memo: Smokin’? … Anti-war vets … Charter schools vote

National Weather Service / Forecast Got pot? We’re wondering if any of the more than 220 people whose pending misdemeanor marijuana-possession cases being dismissed in King County will be celebrating by having a toke or two? Just asking… What were they thinking? Three young people were trying to walk off with some musical instruments,…


Comments | Topics: anti-war vets, charter schools, Morning Memo

May 23, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Morning Memo/Wednesday: Charter schools … Grizzlies killed … Stephen Hawking

Weather: Let’s see, light rain today and tomorrow. And while light rain is forecast for Saturday, other forecasters say it could be dry Saturday with the temperature reaching 70 degrees. It’s a holiday weekend, so we’ll hope for no rain and 70. Light rain Sunday, though. What really bothers us is that it’s been…


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May 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Advocacy groups file initiative to put charter schools on November ballot

A coalition of education advocacy groups filed an initiative this afternoon to ask voters once again to allow charter schools in Washington state. If the groups can collect nearly 250,000 signatures by the July 6 deadline, the issue will go on the November ballot, joining a slew of other high-profile questions. It would be the fourth time…


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March 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Senator: Charter school veto promise “unfortunate,” referendum possible

State Sen. Rodney Tom expressed frustration tonight at the pledge by Gov. Chris Gregoire, a fellow Democrat, to veto any bill that authorizes charter schools in Washington state. Tom, D-Bellevue, is one of three senators who have broken with their party to endorse a budget plan advanced by the minority Republicans. A proposal unveiled by them…


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