Supporting Better Opportunities for Eastern Washington Students

May 12, 2014

A strong, quality education is essential for our children to grow, learn, and succeed – and charter schools provide that important foundation. Last week, I voted to open the doors to students so they can attend charter schools, ensuring them the opportunity for a better future.

By arming parents with the ability to meet their children’s needs – particularly those students who are disadvantaged, have special needs, or are English Language Learners – we can better ensure a quality education for children in Eastern Washington and across America. And I am proud that Washington state will see the doors to its first charter school open next fall! 

As a mom myself, I know firsthand the benefits of a charter school education. A few years ago, my son Cole, who was born with Down syndrome, was enrolled in a charter school and he flourished. His school provided him with a quality education that was targeted to meet his specific needs — which is a choice all parents should have when it comes to the education of their children.

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