Charter Applicant Forums
Updates from the Charter Commission:
1. Each applicant will be given 10 minutes of presentation time, followed by 30 minutes of public comment. Individuals will be provided up to 2 minutes for comments. We are hopeful that 15 people will be able to provide comment.
2. Individuals who wish to provide public comment are asked to sign up at the meeting. If there are more than 15 people that signup to provide comment, a lottery will be held to determine the 15 individuals. If an individual wishes to provide public comment on more than one school, myself or a volunteer will enter that individual into the lotteries for the schools of their choice.
3. The January 11 deadline pertains to comments concerning re-nomination of commissioners with expiring terms. We’ve, in fact, not named a deadline for written comments on potential schools.
Also, a new story online said that at one of the first Charter Applicant forums in Eastern Washington that all three commissioners were in favor of that applicant. I was quite surprised to read this as it certainly would have seemed wrong for any Commissioner to express favortism for any applicant. Below is the answer to that question:
4. Thank you for bringing the story to our attention, and we will look into this matter. Chair Sundquist and all commissioners have not made public comment regarding the approval or denial status of any charter school application the commission has received. As for the second part of your question, the commissioners in attendance were Stephen Sundquist, Kevin Jacka, and Larry Wright.