Willow Receives Huge Grant


Willow Public School, set to open in Walla Walla in Fall 2017, will receive a Charter School Program grant of $785,000 over the next three years.

“We are so excited that the Department of Education and the State see the great merit in our model,” said Dan Calzaretta, founding Executive Director of Willow Public School. “This investment will allow Willow Public School to move from a dream to a reality as we enter our planning year, and our first two years of operation.” Willow’s program is focused on personalization, interventions, project-based learning, restorative discipline, trauma-informed practices, and community connections.

Specifically, CSP funding will be used to support one-time startup costs like desks, chairs, and whiteboards; such support is all the more critical during a new school’s initial three years given the continued underfunding of basic education in Washington, as described in the ongoing McCleary litigation.