April 18th, 2014
Public Charters
Public charters

 

 

The State Board of Education is not an authorizer of charter schools. Its primary responsibility for charter schools is approval of school districts that wish to be authorizers.


Statutory Oversight of Public Charter Schools

Charter Schools Authorizer Application
Authorizer Notice of Intent
Other Charter Documents
Charter Rules

Initiative 1240, approved by the voters at the November 2012 general election, assigns major responsibilities to the State Board of Education for implementation and oversight of the state’s new charter schools law. The initiative is codified in Public Schools title as RCW 28A.710.

The law required the State Board of Education, by March 6, to establish an annual application approval process and timelines for school districts wishing to be authorizers of charter schools.

The Board is also responsible for producing an annual report on charter schools for the preceding year.


Charter Timelines

Charter Authorizer Applications 2013 only 2014 forward
District notice of intent to submit authorizer application April 1, 2013 Oct. 1
SBE posts district authorizer application April 1, 2013 Oct. 1
Closing date for authorizer applications to SBE July 1, 2013 Dec. 31
Closing date for SBE decisions on authorizer applications Sept. 12, 2013 April 1
Charter School Applications 2013 only 2014 forward
Last date for all authorizers to issue RFPs Sept. 22, 2013 April 15
School notice of intent to submit application Oct. 22, 2013 June 15
Closing date for charter application submissions Nov. 22, 2013 July 15
Closing date for authorizer approval or denial of applications Feb. 24, 2014 Oct. 15
Last date for authorizers to submit report of action March 6, 2014 Oct. 25
 


Rule-Making

newOn March 6, 2014, the Board adopted rules on oversight of charter school authorizers.

On February 26, 2013, the Board adopted rules on approval of school districts seeking to be authorizers of charter schools.

On March 14, 2013, the Board approved for public hearing the proposed rules on the authorizer oversight fee, the timeline for charter application submission and approval or denial, and the use of a lottery for ensuring compliance with the allowable numbers of charter schools. A school district fiscal impact statement by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is available.

On May 8, 2013, the Board held a public hearing on the proposed rules on authorizer oversight fee, timeline for charter application submission and approval or denial, and lottery for certification of approved charters when annual limits would be exceeded. On May 9 adopted the rules as amended. Rule-making order CR-103P, Concise Explanatory Statement, WA 180-19-060-200.

On July 11, 2013, the Board approved for public hearing the proposed WAC 180-19-210, concerning annual reports by charter school authorizers under RCW 28A.710.100(4). The Board held a public hearing on the proposed rules at the September 11, 2013 meeting. On November 15, the Board adopted WAC 180-19-210, Concise Explanatory Statement.

On November 15, the Board approved for public hearing the proposed proposed WACs 180-19-220-260, relating to Board oversight under RCW 28A.710.120 of school districts approved by the Board to be charter school authorizers under RCW 28A.710.090.


Frequently Asked Questions


Charter School Certifications


District Applications


District Notices of Intent

Notices for 2014 approvals
Tacoma School District West Valley School District (Yakima)
Highline School District  
Notices for 2013 approvals
Battle Ground School District Bellevue School District
Eastmont School District Highline School District
Kent School District Naselle School District
Peninsula School District Port Townsend School District
Sequim School District Spokane School District
Sunnyside School District Tacoma School District
Yakima School District  

 


Handouts and Flyers

Date Media
2013
September 6 Charter School Handout
April 16 Charter Timelines - updated in May
April 8 AGO Charter Law Overview
April 8 Charter School Commission Presentation
April 2 Proposed Rules for Public Hearing on May 8
April 2 School District Fiscal Impact Statement on Proposed Rules
April 2 Estimating the Authorizer Oversight Fee
April 2 Provisions for SBE Rule Making on Charter Schools
March 8 Adopted Charter School Rules (Code Reviser)
February 12 Charter Schools - Complete Chapter RCW 28A.710
January 15 National Association of Charter School Authorizers' Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing - 2012 Edition
2012
  Initiative 1240
  Initiative 1240 explanatory statement (Secretary of State 2012 Voters' Pamphlet)
November 9 SBE Responsibilities in Public Charters

Resources