Public Charters
Public charters

 

 

Staff Contact:
Kaaren Heikes

The State Board of Education has multiple responsibilities under the charter school law for administration, oversight and reporting. Its primary responsibility is approval of school districts wishing to be authorizers of charter schools. Through its representation on the Washington State Charter School Commission, it also participates in the authorizing of charter schools. For detailed information about charter schools, see the Charter Schools FAQ.


Charter Schools Authorizer Application
Authorizer Notice of Intent
Other Charter Documents
Charter Rules

SBE Statutory Duties for Charter Schools

The law requires the State Board of Education to establish an annual application approval process and timelines for school districts wishing to be authorizers of charter schools. If the Board approves a district as an authorizer, it must then enter into an authorizing contract with the district in order for the district to authorize charter schools. Additionally, under law, SBE must:

  • Screen, approve, contract with, and oversee the performance and effectiveness of school districts that authorize charter schools within their boundaries
  • Establish a statewide formula for an authorizer oversight fee
  • Certify charter school applications approved by CSC or a district authorizer between approval and contract ratification (to ensure there is space available within the 40 maximum allowed by law).
  • Create annual charter school report for Governor, Legislature, public at large
  • Petitions for charter contract transfers (review and determine whether to grant)
  • Include all charter schools in its public school system oversight, including accountability measures, to the same extent as other public schools
  • SBE chair, or designee, serve as a member of the Charter School Commission

 


Annual Charter Schools Timelines

Charter Authorizer Applications Effective
May 15, 2015
Last date for posting of authorizer application by SBE May 15
Last date for district notice of intent to submit authorizer application June 15
Last date for district to submit authorizer application October 15
Last date for SBE to approve or deny authorizer application February 1
Last date for SBE authorizing contract with approved district March 1
Charter School Applications Effective
May 15, 2015
Last date for all authorizers to issue RFPs for charter applicants March 1
Last date to submit charter applications to authorizers June 1
Last date for authorizers to approve or deny charter applications September 1
Last date for authorizers to report approval or denial of charter applications to SBE See note1
 

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.


Frequently Asked Questions


Authorizer Annual Reports

2016 Authorizer Annual Reports
Spokane School District Charter School Commission
2015 Authorizer Annual Reports
Charter School Commission
2014 Authorizer Annual Reports
Spokane School District Charter School Commission

 


District Documents


Additional information

Date Media
2016
NACSA Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing

Resources