Tacoma, Wash. school board puts charter schools on hold

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Tacoma School Board opted out of the charter school business Thursday night — at least for now.

Board members, who voted 4-0 with one member absent, said they might reconsider their decision in the fall. But they said there are too many unknowns for them to meet the July 1 deadline established by the state Board of Education for school districts to apply to become charter authorizers.

Meeting that deadline would put a burden on school district staff, board member Karen Vialle said.

“I have many questions,” Board President Debbie Winskill said. “And I don’t think we have enough time to answer all those questions by July 1.”

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