Washington taking applications for charter schools

SEATTLE — The state’s new Charter School Commission opened the statewide application process for charter schools Monday.

The first step in the process is an Oct. 22 deadline for submitting a letter of intent to apply to open a school.

Then potential charter operators have until Nov. 22 to submit their applications. The commission plans to hold public hearings on the applications before announcing its decision by Feb. 24.

Washington voters last year approved a new state law that allows up to 40 charters to open over the next five years, or about eight of the new public schools a year.

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