We support First Place Scholars in its decision to pursue converting back to a tuition-free independent school model – a model that was successful for years and made First Place the one the first schools to truly serve some of Washington’s most underserved populations. First Place will lean on 25 years of experience as a tuition-free independent school during this time of uncertainty, doing what’s best to serve their students."
I have asked some questions to WSCSA about grant money being provided by WSCSA to these charters as my source told me that First Place had to agree to at least one stipulation about what grade range they would continue being in order to receive those dollars.
An announcement of a charter school forum in Pasco. This is a rather interesting venue as Pasco has no charters nor, to the best of my recollection, has there ever been a charter application from there.
The forum, organized by the Washington Charter Schools Association, League of Education Voters and Act Now for Washington Students, will include discussion by proponents of charter schools about how they could help close achievement gaps between student groups.
Several state elected leaders will be at a forum Dec. 12 to discuss public charter schools in the state.
I think this is less about talking about closing achievement gaps and more about whipping up support for legislators to rewrite the law.
The West Seattle Blog is reporting this:
The organization that was planning to open West Seattle’s first charter school in the former Freedom Church space at 35th and Roxbury is putting the plan on hold for at least a year.
From Summit Atlas staff:
Unfortunately, with the state Supreme Court ruling public charter schools “unconstitutional,” we have had to make some difficult decisions. While we are still deeply committed to opening a middle/high school in West Seattle, we have decided to delay opening Summit Atlas until the 2017‐18 school year as we work toward a legislative fix that will ensure public charter schools have a secure future in the state of Washington.More updates as I get them.
I know this is incredibly disappointing to our families and students in West Seattle who are eager to enroll their students next fall. I want to encourage those of you with incoming 9th and 10th graders to consider Summit Sierra.