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Two Pierce County school boards signal interest in charter schools

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on April 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm with No Comments »
April 2, 2013 3:26 pm

Two of the dozen Washington state school boards indicating preliminary interest in become charter school authorizers are from Pierce County.

Both the Tacoma School Board and the Peninsula School Board voted to submit a letter of intent to state officials by the April 1 deadline. Voters approved the charter school law in November, and school boards that submit a letter of intent have until July to complete a formal application.

Here’s the list of other school districts that have submitted letters of intent:
Battle Ground, Bellevue, Eastmont, Highline, Kent, Naselle-Grays River Valley, Port Townsend, Sequim, Spokane, Sunnyside.

Charter schools are publicly funded, privately operated schools that can either be approved by a local school board that applies to become an authorizer or by a new statewide charter school commission.

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