Charter school students, their families, their teachers and all their supporters finally got the news they’d been hoping for  – the charter school bill passed this legislative session will indeed become law, and charter schools in Washington will remain open.

From Tom Franta, CEO of WA Charters:

After months of phone calls, rallies, emails and advocacy, our state leaders have heard your voices. Public charter schools in Washington will not only stay open, but remain an option for all families across the state as voters intended. 

Congratulations and thank you for fighting this campaign with us! We’ve been through a lot these last few months, some of it heartwarming and some of it exhausting. But because of you, our schools will be funded, our families have the power of choice in public education and our students have a better chance than ever to succeed.

From Sen. Steve Litzow (Mercer Island), chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee

“Education inequality is one of the greatest challenges facing Washington students and our state as a whole. Charter schools are one of many tools we have to strengthen our overall education system and ensure all children have access to a great education that prepares them to enter and succeed in college and compete for a good job.”

Eastside Education Network believes families deserve public education options, particularly when their child’s school isn’t working for them. We’re thrilled to see that this important choice for families will remain in the state of Washington. And we thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make it happen.

Read more about how the charter school bill finally became law in The Seattle Times Gov. Inslee Grudgingly Allows Charter Schools To Survive” here.