EVERETT, Wash. - The Washington Charter School Commission is preparing to accept applications for the state's first charter schools.
The commission has approved the rules that will guide the authorization process.
The 30 pages of rules include information about what potential charter school managers should put in their applications and how they will be evaluated.
Commissioners say the rules encourages innovative curriculum but deter experimentation with untested methods of instruction.
Washington voters agreed last year to legalize charter schools, allowing the development of no more than 40 charter schools over a five-year period.
The board says it plans to issue a request for proposals next month, with the first charter schools potentially opening in late 2014.