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Spokane School District OK'd as Charter Authorizer

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The Washington State Board of Education made a historic decision Wednesday.

The board unanimously approved the decision to allow the Spokane School District to become the first district in the state to authorize charter schools.

A team of evaluators reviewed Spokane's application and gave them a high rating based on the adopted rules and regulations. Now other school districts will copy their actions, including Yakima and Sunnyside who have already filed letters of intent with the state.

Some rules and regulations discussed today include annual requirements to report on financial and academic performance of the school.

"If they want to become an authorizer, they would follow in the footsteps of Spokane and follow the same process and procedure," said Kristina Mayer with the WA Board of Education.

The state board says charter schools use public funding but have more flexibility when it comes to curriculum and parent involvement.

School districts interested in becoming charter school authorizers in 2014 must submit a notice of intent to the state board of education by October 1st.