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Sunnyside School District to Apply for Charter School

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SEATTLE - Twelve Washington school districts have announced plans to apply to become charter school authorizers, including the Sunnyside School District.

They have until July 1st to complete their applications and send them to the State Board of Education.  If approved, these districts could be among the boards approving Washington's first charter schools.

The other interested districts are Battle Ground, Bellevue, Eastmont, Highline, Kent, Naselle, Peninsula, Port Townsend, Sequim, Spokane, and Tacoma.

The group is a mix of Washington's smallest and largest school districts.

Under the new charter law, a statewide panel also will be able to approve charters. The Washington Charter School Commission begins its work this week with a public meeting on Thursday in Olympia.

Voters in November approved an initiative that would bring charter schools to Washington.

The first schools are expected to open in fall 2014.