Last November, Washington became the 42nd state to legalize charter schools. The voter-approved initiative allows for no more than 40 public charter schools to open over a five-year period. The first schools could open as early as next fall.
Next week, the state Charter School Commission will begin sifting through applications from would-be charter school operators. Who are these potential operators? And how might charter schools be different from traditional public schools?
Kristina Bellamy-McClain is the former principal of Emerson Elementary in Seattle. She’s applying to open a K-8 school in South King County or Tacoma.
They talked with Ross Reynolds.
Produced by Andy Hurst.