The Washington State Board of Education will hold a public hearing on draft rules governing the state’s first public charter schools when it meets Feb. 26 in Olympia, at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Those wishing to provide comment on the draft rules may attend the hearing in Olympia, via video feed in Spokane at the office of ESD 101, or by writing directly to email@example.com.
The draft rules establish an annual application and approval process and timelines for local school boards seeking approval to be charter school authorizers. For example, the current draft rules will require school districts to submit an authorizer application to the State Board by June 15 and for the State Board of Education to make decisions on those applications by August 15. The draft rules also set requirements for districts applying to authorize charter schools, as well as criteria for the evaluation and approval or denial of those applications.
Passage of Initiative 1240 called for the State Board of Education to work with local school districts who wish to authorize a charter school. Local school boards seeking to be charter school authorizers must apply to and be approved by the State Board.
The draft rules and more information on charter schools is available at www.sbe.wa.gov/charters.php