'Parents want to be authentically included. They want to be respected.'

Recapping the Washington State Charters Schools Association Conference morning general session

The conference's lunch session got underway with a slip of the tongue from WA Charters CEO Patrick D'Amelio that tickled my funny bone as he introduced Michael Wooten, the inspiring, passionate grandparent of a young student who has found hope and a home at one of Washington's charter schools:

Next we were treated to a panel discussion on the challenges and rewards of founding a charter school:

 Photo by Derrick Johnson

Photo by Derrick Johnson