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Thursday, March 10

AWB Statement on Legislature's Public Charter School Fix

OLYMPIA -- The Association of Washington Business, Washington state’s largest business association representing small, medium and large employers, issued the following statement today from AWB President Kris Johnson regarding the Legislature’s vote to keep voter-approved public charter schools open:

"The bipartisan agreement lawmakers reached last night in the House of Representatives, and agreed to today in the Senate, is good news for the 1,200 students currently enrolled in the schools, and a victory for school choice and educational innovation.

"A child's zip code or background should not create a barrier to a quality education – every student deserves a high-quality education and the opportunity to succeed in whatever school they choose. Public charter schools are not the only solution to closing Washington’s educational equity gap, but they are one option to positively change the trajectory for many low-income and minority students in Washington state."

Senate Bill 6194 now awaits the governor’s signature.

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington's oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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