State charter school chief to step into education spotlight
Joshua Halsey is about to become one of the most important people in public education in Washington.
For a few more days he’ll manage the South King County Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Learning Network — a mouthful of jargon for a job guiding an $11 million program to improve achievement of 117,000 students with creative and cutting-edge instructional techniques.
On Oct. 7, he’ll begin work as the first executive director of the Washington State Charter School Commission in Olympia.
In this gig, he’ll be in the vanguard of a voter-driven effort to transform learning for the state’s 1 million public school students.
With passage of Initiative 1240 last year, Washington will be allowing private nonprofits to run schools with public funds. Up to 40 such alternative schools will be allowed to operate under contracts, known as charters, issued either by the commission or approved school districts.