November 9, 2015
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Public charter schools group, lawmakers file motions asking court to reconsider September ruling

The road to fully reinstating public charter schools after the state Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional on Sept. 4 many predict will be complicated. But, if two motions by the Washington State Charter Schools Association and 10 state lawmakers along with an Amicus brief from four former attorneys general to the court carries any weight, supporters hope progress may be made to reinstate the public charter schools.

“We’re doing everything we possibly can, and I know the schools are as well, to make sure that there is no disruption for families this year,” Washington State Charter Schools Association CEO Thomas Franta told Seattle Weekly. “One of the things I’m encouraged by is that even if the Court doesn’t do the right thing, a bipartisan group of legislators have said that they are ready, willing, and able to fix the funding in the next legislative session.”

Whether the issue plays out in the court or the Legislature, 2016 is expected to be when the issue of keeping or dismantling public charter schools is sorted out. For now, the schools are being publicly-funded and private donations are being accepted to ensure the schools can remain fully-operational through the entire school year.

The upcoming edition of Washington Business magazine includes an in-depth look at the public charter schools issue and what lies ahead for public school choice.

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Children Need Options

Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora

I know there are funding issues and administration issues and legislative issues and union issues... all the "yeah buts" that people stake their positions on so vehemently. Here's my "yeah but" -- I wish we could channel that passion differently, I wish the "opposed" people could have the experience I had today... to see a child's eyes light up and watch her confidence emerge. It was one of those soft, seminal moments in my life. In that moment, I knew this child's life, her trajectory, could completely change. Sometimes, the biggest changes start small -- one child at a time, one school at a time. We can figure this out, people.

Please don't close these schools.

Click here to read the full blog post via the Washington State Charter School Association
Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Languishing Without Ex-Im Bank; Congress, Reauthorize It

By The Seattle Times editorial Board

Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.

Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.

Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.

Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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