12 school districts sign up for charter schools

April 2, 2013

Yesterday the State Board of Education announced the school districts which have expressed interest in allowing students in their communities access to charter schools.

There are 12 districts: Battle Ground School District, Eastmont School District, Kent School District, Peninsula School District, Sequim School District, Sunnyside School District, Bellevue School District, Highline School District, Naselle School District, Port Townsend School District, Spokane School District and Tacoma School District.

The list includes some surprising entries like Tacoma, where school board members campaigned against Initiative 1240. The good news for Tacoma children is that local school officials have dropped their opposition. The list ranges from large, urban districts like Bellevue and Spokane, to small rural communities like Battle Ground and Naselle.

Interestingly, Highline School District, headed by former Seattle Superintendent Susan Enfield, is on the list. One suspects Ms. Enfield would not have been allowed to seek charter school access for local school children had she remained in Seattle.

These are exciting days for education reformers. I will continue to follow developments as part of Washington Policy Center's ongoing I-1240 Follow-Up Project. More to come.


anonymous comments

This unknown commentator seem to have trouble with news he or she disagrees with. What I report is accurate, and that's why I provide links to sources so readers can see for themselves (btw, it is Washington Policy Center policy that all our researchers provide sources).

Ms. or Mr. X claims to be concerned about completely telling the truth, yet he or she posts anonymously, so there seems to be some tension between what this person does and what he or she recommends for others.

charter authorizers

I trust you to tell the truth, nothing but the truth, so help you God. Of course, I voted no on 1240, but I think people like yourself, Jim Spady, Dave Quall, are all looking out for the interests of the students, so I will believe that until proven otherwise.

That said, this charter school business looks like complicated stuff. How will facilities and levy funds in a district be equitably distributed? Is that the job of the district school board, who is elected to be the steward of those local funds?

What's the deal with multiple charter authorizers? I would assume that if a district is given authorizing power, it would only apply to their own district, but maybe Bellevue can authorize a charter school in Seattle? If a district gets authorizing power, can the state still authorize there too? Most importantly, if there are only 8 spots per year, how are those slots divided between these multiple authorizers?

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Doesn't mean what you think it means

These are districts that have expressed interest in the process and seeing it form properly by submitting a letter of interest in being considered an authorizing district, not that any of these will or have plans to create a charter school. I would also point out that if the process does go through, it just means that they will be able to review, and I would not harken this as a call by these districts to be approached by charter entities.

Make sure that you represent them appropriately.

Liv does this all the time

Liv does this all the time and will continue to not completely tell the truth to everyone on here so I expect this and you should too.