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New Process for WA State Charter School Applicants

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We might see some more charter schools opening up in our region now that a new application season opened for charter schools in Washington State. We might see some more charter schools opening up in our region now that a new application season opened for charter schools in Washington State.
NBC RIGHT NOW-- We might see some more charter schools opening up in our region now that a new application season opened for charter schools in Washington State. The State Charter School Commission has set an April 17th deadline for declaring intent to apply to open a charter school.

If a school is looking to be turned into a charter school, potential applicants should attend a webinar on March 17th to learn what changes have been made in the application process. There will also be two in-person orientation sessions.

Applications for new charter schools are due May 15th.

Washington State's new charter school law will allow up to 40 of the independent public schools to open as charter schools if approved.

The statewide charter commission has already approved eight charter schools, with one already opened and six others scheduled to open in fall 2015.

Spokane Public Schools, which can authorize charter schools, has approved two more charter schools scheduled to open this year.

Last year the commission rejected an application from a school in Sunnyside to become a charter school. It would have been the first charter school in the Yakima Valley to open.
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