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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Twelve Districts May Be Charter Authorizers

From KING-5 news:

A dozen Washington school districts have sent letters to the state Board of Education indicating intent to authorize charter schools starting in 2014, beating a Monday deadline.

The twelve districts include Bellevue, Battle Ground, Eastmont, Highline, Kent, Naselle-Grays River Valley, Peninsula, Port Townsend, Sequim, Spokane, Sunnyside and Tacoma.

Kent, Spokane and Tacoma are the second, third and fourth largest districts in the state.  (Note: Spokane and Tacoma have gone back and forth for 2nd/3rd.  I did check their websites for their latest numbers and this is what I found.)

These letters of intent basically act as place-holders while these districts ponder this question.

Tacoma School Board member Catherine Ushka said the letter of intent does not change the district’s previously stated position against charter schools.

“The draining of public funds and other issues are still true,” said Ushka .

However, Ushka said the board acknowledges what voters decided, and determined it made more sense to become involved so that any charter school had their input.

I will follow-up and call some of these districts to ask about their letter of intent.  Most are on Spring Break so it may take a week or so to hear back from them.

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