Monday, July 29, 2013

Charter School Application Kickoff This Weekend

Please join us in creating the school of our dreams, right here in Sunnyside!

Whether you have ideas to share or you just are curious as to what this is all about, please come to learn more.  We will be recruiting people this night to be on our Founding Board.

  Saturday, August 3, 2013
Evening BBQ 6:00 pm
Introductions followed by
Question and Answer Session will begin at 6:30
Sunnyview Park
(on Yakima Valley Highway, between Sunnyside and Grandview, next to the golf course; 
park in lot on Alexander Road) 
Please RSVP by email as soon as possible
 *We will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and paper products
Bring a dish to share, if you'd like

*If you aren't able to come Saturday evening, but are interested, please contact us for an appointment Monday or Tuesday

Founding Board Training Sessions 
Monday, August 5, 2013
10:00am- 5:00 pm
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
10:00-3:00 pm

Sunnyside Library Conference Room

Please RSVP and let us know your area of interest

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Making It Happen

This timeline is found on the Washington State Charter School Association site. The beige and green rectangles are what apply to us.  The Washington State Charter School Commission is to whom we will be applying to be our "authorizer"; to date, Spokane is the only school district that has applied to be an authorizer; see article here.

As you can see, we have a lot of work to accomplish before November 22, 2013!

So far, we have several people interested, but only a handful of families who have committed to this cause.  Now, we are trying to rally the troops.  We have the vision for what we want this school to be, but we need expert advice to help us begin making plans.  We have a lot of work to do and decisions to make regarding location, funding (it will take money to get this project moving before we are approved and receive public funds), staffing, curriculum.  We have begun the process of applying for a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization which will manage the school.

Please let us know how you can help, and please spread the word!

Why a charter school in Sunnyside?

Parents play an integral role in the educational success of their children.

  •  We are our children's first teachers, and we are their lifelong teachers.
  • Parents have the responsibility to advocate for their children and help to teachers identify and understand the individual needs of each child.
  • The burden of educational success is too great for teachers to shoulder alone; the best way for students to succeed in the classroom is through support in the home.
  • Parents should work with teachers and administrators to choose the curriculum that is used to educate their children.  Parents also need to have a working knowledge of that curriculum so that they can assist in teaching both in the classroom and at home.

We believe in public education.

  • Our children as well as our community will benefit when they learn to work with other people of varying backgrounds-- ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, and otherwise.
  • Families should not have to open their own checkbooks to fund their children's K-12 educations when tax dollars are available for that very purpose.

Charter schools are the best way for parents to participate in the education of their children at school.

Sunnyside lacks a school community where public funds are used and active parental involvement is not only welcomed but encouraged.

A Primer to Charter Schools

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this endeavor; we hope you will join us.

Charter schools are:
--Public schools, open to all children.
--Created & run by concerned parents & certified teachers.
--Distinguished by high levels of autonomy and accountability.
--Successfully educating almost 2,000,000 students in over 5,000 charter schools across the country. 

42 states have charter school laws and WASHINGTON STATE is now one of them!

Although the Washington Legislature passed a charter school law in March 2004, labor unions and other charter school opponents persuaded a majority of voters to overturn the law in a referendum that was decided in the November 2004 election. As a result, bringing the CHOICE of charter public schools to WA required the passage of new legislation authorizing charter schools, either by the Legislature or, through the initiative process, by the People. This took place during the 2012 General Elections when Charter schools narrowly won approval in Washington! 

Facts and Frequently Asked Questions