CHARTER COMMISSION TO HOST PUBLIC FORUMS ACROSS STATE
Commission eager to learn more about academic needs of communities and to hear directly from applicants
The Washington State Charter School Commission will be hosting nine public forums across Washington State in January to hear directly from 19 applicants and to learn more about the educational needs of the prospective charter communities. The forums are a part of the official evaluation process and are designed to ensure that Charter Commissioners are able to hear and learn from members of the communities where the charters would reside.
Charter applicants will be given 10 minutes for presentations, after which the floor will be open for 30 minutes of public comment. Community members who wish to comment publicly will be limited to 2 minutes each in order to accommodate as many participants as possible. Speakers will be randomly selected in a lottery prior to the meeting. Individuals or groups wishing to provide written comment may send their statements to the Washington State Charter School Commission, P.O. Box 40996 Olympia, WA 98504-0996. Comments may also be hand delivered to the public forums. Written comments are limited to one page (12 point font).
Charter schools are independent public schools operated by non-profit organizations that are allowed more flexibility to be innovative with their educational program and are held accountable for improved student achievement. Broadly, charters must adhere to the same state learning standards, accountability goals, health, safety, and non-discrimination laws, must hire certificated teachers, must follow generally accepted accounting principles and are subject to state financial audits. They are free and open to all students.