Charter school leaders from five states will gather in Tacoma on Saturday to talk about their experiences launching the independent schools – experience that may be relevant in Washington with voters’ recent approval of a charter school law.
Keynote speakers include:
• Yvonne Chan, founder of Vaughn Next Century Learning Center in Los Angeles. Vaughn was the first traditional school in California to convert to charter status.
• Marta Reyes, California’s first director of that state’s Division of Charter Schools.
The conference will also draw representatives from school networks that are well-known in the charter world, including California-based Green Dot Public Charter Schools and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) of Colorado. The day-long event is co-sponsored by the Seattle-based Washington Charter School Resource Center and the Association of Washington Business. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Philip Hall on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. Registration is $35. For more information go to www.wacharterschools.org.