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Public charter school trailblazer to visit Seattle October 22

Ember Reichgott JungeRetired Minnesota State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge, author of the country’s first public charter school law, will speak at free evening event.

The League of Education Voters will welcome retired Minnesota State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge, author of the country’s first public charter school law on Thursday, October 22. The free event will take place 7:00–8:30 p.m. at the downtown Seattle Public Library.

Senator Reichgott Junge will read portions of her book, Zero Chance of Passage, which describes her experience creating policy to support innovative high-quality public charter schools in Minnesota. Complimentary copies of Zero Chance of Passage will be distributed at the event.

October 22 will be an important day for public charter school implementation in Washington state. It is the first deadline for a school or nonprofit organization planning to open a charter school to submit a letter of intent to a charter authorizer. The full charter school application is due to a charter authorizer on November 22, 2013.

Charter schools are independent public schools that are allowed to be more innovative and are held accountable for improved student achievement.

What: Free Speaker Series with Retired Minnesota State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge
When: Thursday, October 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Seattle Public Library

This event is co-hosted by Democrats for Education Reform and the Washington State Charter Schools Association.

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