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How are Washington's charter public schools held accountable?

Charter schools are public schools that are granted additional autonomy in return for additional accountability. They must:

  • Comply with most of the same accountability, oversight, and transparency laws applicable to traditional public schools
  • Be approved through a rigorous application process to assure the highest-quality schools
  • Be overseen by a local school board or a state commission
  • Demonstrate success and high-performance
  • Be reauthorized after five years and can be closed for poor performance.
  • Submit to the most important and direct form of local control –keeping parents and students satisfied.
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