Spokane schools OK'd as charter authorizer

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YAKIMA (AP) — The State Board of Education has taken another step toward bringing charter schools to Washington.

On Wednesday in Yakima, the board unanimously approved the Spokane School District's bid to become the state's first charter school authorizer, in addition to the statewide charter commission.

A charter school authorizer will review, approve or reject applications from groups that want to open charter schools. Spokane has expressed interest in creating a portfolio of choices for students in Spokane, including charter schools.

Other school districts interested in becoming authorizers have until Oct. 1 to say they plan to apply in 2014.