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. For additional information about charter schools, visit the Washington State Charter School Commission.
Statutory Oversight of Public Charter Schools
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.
1The date by which authorizers report approval or denial of charter applications to the SBE is set by RCW 28A.170.150(2) at ten days from the action to approve or deny.
On September 10, 2014, the Board adopted 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.
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.
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