Public Charters
Public charters

 

 

Staff Contact:
Jack Archer

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 Due Date
District notice of intent to submit authorizer application Oct. 1, 2014
SBE posts district authorizer application Oct. 1, 2014
Closing date for authorizer applications to SBE Dec. 31, 2014
Closing date for SBE decisions on authorizer applications April 1, 2015
Charter School Applications Due Date
Last date for all authorizers to issue RFPs April 15, 2014
School notice of intent to submit application June 15, 2014
Closing date for charter application submissions July 15, 2014
Closing date for authorizer approval or denial of applications Oct. 15, 2014
Last date for authorizers to submit report of action Oct. 25, 2014
 


Rule-Making

On July 10, 2014, the Board approved for publid hearing the proposed amendments to WACs 180-19-010, 180-19-020, 180-19-030, 180-19-040, 180-19-070, 180-19-080 and 180-19-090. The proposed amendments:

  • Modify the due dates for actions by school districts wishing to be charter authorizers, the State Board of Education, the Washington State Charter School Commission, and charter applicants.
  • Establish in WAC 180-19-040 a process for review and evaluation by the SBE of applications by school districts for approval as charter authorizers.
  • Clarify provisions of WAC 180-19-090 on the use of a lottery to certify approved charters as within the limits on the maximum number allowed to be established under RCW 28A.710.150.
  • Make various technical corrections and improvements.

The proposed rules will be published in the State Register, Issue 14-16, on August 8, with the OSPI fiscal impact statement required by RCW 28A.305.135.

A public hearing on the rules will be scheduled for September 10, 2014 at North Central ESD in Wenatchee, WA.

We are seeking public comment on these proposed rules. We encourage you to review the proposed rules and submit any comments or questions you may have by contacting us at sbe@k12.wa.us, 360-725-6025, or PO Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504.

Your input will be valuable to the Board as it considers these rules for possible adoption.

On 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