Wash. Officials Say Many Questions Unanswered About Charters

Monday, December 3, 2012

School districts will need to share local levy money with any charter school that opens in their service area, but it's not clear how much.

Charter school proponents have said charter schools will have fewer regulations, although it's unknown which regulations they'll be exempt from.

Charter schools won't be limited to hiring certified teaching staff and could employ non-certified teachers with "an unusual competence" in a subject.

"Anyone could say they're of unusual competence," Pasco School Board chairwoman Sherry Lancon said during a recent meeting. "Who decides competence?"

Last month, Washington voters narrowly approved an initiative to allow 40 charter schools to open in the state over five years.

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