Established in April 2013, the Washington State Charter School Commission (Commission) is the state’s only non-district and statewide charter school authorizer. The passage of the new Charter School Act in April 2016 added two new members to the Commission, which is now governed by an eleven-member board, with each member serving for four years.
Led by Executive Director Joshua Halsey and guided by the Commission’s Strategic Plan, the Commission staff leads the charter school applications process, manages the authorization work, and provides support services to Washington state charter schools.
Currently, the Commission has authorized ten (10) charter schools across Washington state. The Commission accepts applications from any non-profit, public benefit corporation interested in starting a charter school in Washington state.
To authorize high-quality charter public schools and provide effective oversight and transparent accountability to improve educational outcomes for at-risk students.
Foster innovation and ensure excellence so that every student has access to and thrives in a high-quality public school.
Cultural and Community Responsiveness
Excellence and Continuous Learning
On September 23, 2014 the Commission adopted a three-year strategic plan, available here.
The 2018-2020 strategic plan will be completed in Spring 2018.
The Commission bylaws updated March 19, 2015 are available here.