1240 Follow-Up Project

To ensure the promise of Initiative 1240/the charter school initiative that was passed by voters in 2012 is fulfilled, Washington Policy Center is conducting a multi-year follow-up and oversight project. The purpose of this project is to monitor and analyze implementation of Initiative 1240 and to effectively communicate the findings, thus ensuring the highest possibility of success for new charter schools and the students who will attend them.

What's New

Seven new charter school applications submitted for approval

July 21, 2014 in Blog

Last week seven groups of educators submitted their applications to open a new charter school in Washington. This is the second round of approvals under the voters’ charter school law, Initiative 1240, passed in 2012. The law allows up to eight charter schools to open per year, for a total of forty schools over five years.  If less than eight spots are filled one year, the unfilled spots can be filled a subsequent year.  

Sometimes, a public policy story to celebrate

June 9, 2014 in In the News
Smarter Government Washington
Smarter Government Washington
Saturday, June 7, 2014

WPC's 2014 Education Breakfast Introducing Washington's New Charter Schools

June 3, 2014 in Events
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th AVE
Seattle, WA 98101

This dynamic breakfast program featured Washington’s new charter school leaders, who will describe their plans to offer schoolchildren in the Puget Sound area the chance to attend a new charter school. 

Click here to watch WPC's 2014 Education Breakfast online broadcast by TVW

Let’s stop the WEA’s lawsuit against mothers who choose charter schools for their children

May 12, 2014 in Publications

Last week was National Charter School Week and Mother’s Day.  What better gift could we have given to the mothers of children in Washington state than to drop the ongoing effort to stop kids from attending a charter school?

Reform School 5/8/14: Liv Finne

May 12, 2014 in In the News
Choice Media
Choice Media
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lawmakers protect bus service for charter school children

March 18, 2014 in Blog

Recently the people of Washington enacted the most significant advance in education reform our state has seen in 30 years, Initiative 1240, to allow 40 charter schools to open over five years.  Charter schools are independent community-based public schools that are popular with parents.  They have been successful in helping some the hardest-to-teach students get a good public education. Nationally over two million students attend 6,200 charter schools, with another 600,000 children on waiting lists.

How much of proposed teacher COLA would be directed to union bank accounts?

March 7, 2014 in Blog

On March 4, the House amended the Senate supplemental budget bill, SB 6002, to add a $51.2 million appropriation to be sent to school districts as a teacher Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).  The Senate-passed budget does not make this appropriation, so budget negotiators in Olympia will have to hammer out this and other differences before the session ends next week.