October 31, 2016
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New charter school in Walla Walla to begin enrollment

Washington's public charter school system is growing, offering innovation, choice and educational excellence to an increasing number of students across the state. Walla Walla's first charter, the Willow Public School, is gearing up for a September 2017 opening. The school began an enrollment drive over the weekend and will soon begin hiring teachers.

“We are open to every kid, no matter who that kid is,” Dan Calzaretta, Willow’s executive director, told The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. He said Willow will be a free public school with a mission to reach out to “students affected by poverty, students of color and students who just do not fit in a large school and need a more personalized setting.”

Opportunity Washington last week took a look at several national studies of charter schools, with additional background on how Washington state's public charter schools are serving students of color and those in economically disadvantaged areas.

For more on AWB's work to support and enhance Washington's public school system, contact Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson.

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Delivering the Future: How UPS Is Pursuing the Possibility of Sustainable E-Commerce

By Jim Bruce, senior vice president, UPS

At UPS, ours is anticipating the direction of e-commerce and staying ahead of it, because we believe that e-commerce will profoundly impact the development of our cities, lifestyles and business.

The question is whether e-commerce will improve or diminish global sustainability. We think it can go either way but are optimistic about the possibility of real improvement. Which way it goes depends on a number of factors: 1) Can we create a sustainable global delivery network? 2) Will people rely on that network enough to lessen reliance on personal vehicles and to increasingly live in decongested, pedestrian-friendly cities? And 3) Will cities begin to view e-commerce as essential to their sustainable future? Truly, a "yes" to these three questions would be transformative to our cities and global carbon-reduction efforts...

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Washington's Hydropower Is No Laughing Matter

Who needs those old dams?

By Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, The Wenatchee World

They had a good laugh over it, the reports said. What a knee-slapper. Candidates for the United States Congress, at a recent climate change forum at a Ballard brewpub, indicated through their mistaken answers to a simple question that neither has any idea where electricity comes from. What a hoot...

Electricity doesn't just show up. It is not produced by flights of fancy, moonbeams, cool articles in Wired or a Harry Potter character waving a wand. It required the intense effort of generations, the labor of tens of thousands of people, and investments in the multiple billions to produce enough electricity to supply Seattle and provide the energy without which its thriving economy wouldn't be worth a 500K RAM chip from a 1984 IBM PC.

To feed the city energy there are hundreds of turbines, turning ceaselessly through the power of falling water from the great river of the West, harnessed by blocks of concrete so large we can scarcely imagine larger...

Of course, you don't get rid of such assets. You don't speak of it, even in jest.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee World
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