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500 Public Charter School Students and Parents Rally in Olympia February 25, 2016

More than 500 students, parents, educators and advocates (including LEV staff) representing Washington’s public charter schools traveled from across the state to Olympia to urge legislators to act quickly and vote to save Washington’s public charter schools for the long-term.  Here are photos from the event:

LEV Tri-Cities organizer Ruvine Jimenez preps public charter school students for the rally

LEV Tri-Cities organizer Ruvine Jimenez preps public charter school students for the rally

The Capitol is THAT way!

The Capitol is THAT way!

Assembling on the steps

Assembling on the steps

More students, parents, educators and advocates are still coming

More students, parents, educators and advocates are still coming

Students practice their chants for legislators

Students practice their chants for legislators

Many students created their own signs

Many students created their own signs

How often do you see students proclaiming how much they love their school?

How often do you see students proclaiming how much they love their school?

Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37) gets the crowd fired up

Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37) gets the crowd fired up

Senator Mark Mullet (D-5) congratulates students for getting directly involved in democracy

Senator Mark Mullet (D-5) congratulates students for getting directly involved in democracy

A public charter schools teacher, student and parent tell their stories

A public charter schools teacher, student and parent tell their stories

Senator Joe Fain (R-47) shows his support for public charter schools

Senator Joe Fain (R-47) shows his support for public charter schools

Rep. Norma Smith (R-10) tells students that they represent the future of Washington state

Rep. Norma Smith (R-10) tells students that they represent the future of Washington state

The rally drew plenty of media coverage

The rally drew plenty of media coverage

Rep. Bob McCaslin (R-4) shares his experiences as a public school teacher

Rep. Bob McCaslin (R-4) shares his experiences as a public school teacher

Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5) tells students he's confident legislators will vote to keep public charter schools open

Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5) tells students he’s confident legislators will vote to keep public charter schools open

The rally heads up the Capitol steps...

The rally heads up the Capitol steps…

... and into the Capitol rotunda!

… and into the Capitol rotunda!

Cheers are much louder in a large marble hall

Cheers are much louder in a large marble hall

Legislators are listening

Legislators are listening

 

 

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