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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.

SBE Statutory Duties for Charter Schools

  • 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.


    District Notices of Intent Received by the SBE

    Date District
    2017
      Tukwila Notice of Intent

    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