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Yvonne

April 2, 2013

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Washington Charter School Commission

The 9 members of the Washington Charter School Commission (WCSC) have been appointed and the WCSC held its first meeting on Thursday (4/4/2013) at the state Capitol in Olympia, beginning at 11 AM.  The public was welcomed to attend.  If you would like to attend future meetings, please let me know.  Here are the details

12 School Districts Seek Charter Authority

Great news!  Twelve WA School Districts have filed a letter of intent with the State Board of Education preserving the option to file a full application for charter granting authority by the July 1 deadline.  While WA has almost 300 school districts, the districts that filed letters of intent include some of the state's largest, so almost 150,000 of WA's 1,000,000 public school students live in one of the 12 districts.  There is also a nice mix of districts from Eastern Washingon, Central Washington, Southwest Washington, and the Puget Sound region.  Here is a quick summary of the districts, from East to West, then North to South:

  • Spokane (29,000 students) (57% low-income students) (74% White) (15% special ed) (77% grad rate)
  • Sunnyside (6,300 students; SE of Yakima) (86% low-income students) (91% Hispanic) (30% transitional bilingual) (19% migrant) (13% special ed) (71% grad rate) 
  • Eastmont (5,600 students; E of Wenatchee) (57% low-income students) (41% Hispanic) (15% trans bilingual) (11% migrant) (13% special ed)  (87% grad rate) 
  • Port Townsend (1,300 students; NW of Seattle) (46% low-income students) (83% White) (16% special ed) (77% grad rate)
  • Sequim (3,000 students; NW of Seattle) (46% low-income students) (78% white) (10% Hispanic) (14% special ed) (75% grad rate)
  • Bellevue (18,500 students; E of Seattle) (21% low-income students) (48% White) (30% Asian) (11% Hispanic) (9% special ed) (9% transitional bilingual) (91% grad rate)
  • Highline (18,000 students; SW of Seattle) (68% low-income students) (35% Hispanic) (25% White) (18% Asian/Pacific) (11% Black) (13% special ed) (62% grad rate)
  • Kent (27,000 students; SE of Seattle) (52% low-income students) (41% White) (19% Asian/Pacific) (19% Hispanic) (12% Black) (14% transitional bilingual) (12% special ed) (69% grad rate)
  • Tacoma (29,000 students) (64% low-income students) (44% White) (17% Black) (15% Hispanic) (14% special ed) (62% grad rate)
  • Peninsula (9,000 students; W of Tacoma) (24% low-income students) (84% White) (8% two or more races) (12% special ed) (81% grad rate)
  •  Battle Ground (13,000 students; near Vancouver) (40% low-income students) (85% White) (8% Hispanic) (13% special ed) (84% grad rate)
  • Naselle-Grays River Valley (a small, rural district with about 600 kids located north of Astoria, Oregon) (27% low-income students) (76% White) (13% Hispanic) (12% special ed) (95% grad rate)

If you live in or near one of these 12 school districts, and all of the 12 districts formally apply for and receive charter granting authority from the State Board of Education later this year, you will need to decide whether to submit your charter school application to your local school district, or to the new Washington Charter School Commission.  If you don't live in or near one of these districts, the only state agency available to approve your charter school application will be the Washington Charter School Commission (which has the power to authorize charter schools anywhere in the state).

THANK YOU for all you're doing to bring the choice of high-quality public charter schools to the children and families of WA!  

Best Wishes,

Jim & Fawn Spady
Washington Charter School Resource Center