Charter Schools

Washington Coalition for Public Charter Schools

Stand for Children Washington is a member of the steering committee of the Washington Coalition for Public Charter Schools. Learn more about implementation of the voter-approved charter school law on the official coalition website at

What are public charter schools?

Public charter schools are independently managed public schools, free and open to all students, just like traditional public schools, operated by qualified non-profits and overseen by a local school board or state commission. Public charter schools must meet the same academic standards as traditional public schools, and teachers are held to the same certification requirements as teachers in other public schools. 

Public charter schools are free from certain regulations, so they can innovate and create a learning environment that will best meet the needs of students

How are public charter schools funded?

Public charter schools receive funding based on student enrollment just like traditional public schools. The state funding follows the student to whichever school they choose to attend, so the funding stays within our public school system to serve public school students.  


Washington State Coalition for Public Charter Schools website -

Coalition for Public Charter Schools (Yes on 1240) Facebook page

State Charter School Commission - the state authorizing entity

State Board of Education - oversight and administrative rules

University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education - research

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