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Charter Schools Move Forward in Washington State

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Twenty-three prospective charter schools submitted letters of intent this week to open schools in Washington state, reports the Associated Press.

While letters of intent were due on Tuesday, the schools will have until Nov. 22 to turn in their completed applications, which require plans for a prospective school's curriculum, staff, budget, and facilities, among other details.

Two of the charter applicants, Summit Public Schools and Green Dot Public Schools, are networks that operate schools in California, according to a press release from the Washington State Charter Schools Association. Summit operates six schools in the San Francisco area, while Green Dot operates 19 charters in and near Los Angeles.

National Public Radio affiliate KUOW also reports that the letters of intent include a charter school for gifted elementary school students, a charter school for students who have experienced trauma, and at least one private school that would like to become a charter.

Most of the schools would aim to open for the 2014-15 school year, although others could defer their opening until 2015-16. Washington's charter school law, passed last November, allows up to eight charter schools to be opened each year for five years.

The schools will find out whether their applications are approved or rejected by February 24.

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