Charter School Authorization
Charter schools are a type of public school, approved and overseen by a state or district authorizer. In Washington, there is a statewide authorizer, the Washington State Charter School Commission. Spokane Public Schools is currently the state’s only district authorizer, and oversees two charter schools.
SPS measures accountability for each charter school using three frameworks:
Like all public schools, charter schools do not charge tuition, they are open to all students, and they are publicly funded. Learn more about charter schools from the Washington State Charter Schools Association.
State law requires charter authorizers to submit an annual report to the State Board of Education:
SPS-authorized charter schools