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8 groups to apply to open Washington charter schools in next round, applications due May 15

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SEATTLE — Eight groups have informed the statewide Charter School Commission they plan to apply to open charter schools in fall 2016 or later. Their complete applications are due on May 15. The commission will interview the applicants this summer and vote in August.

The proposed schools would be scattered across the state, with one application in Whatcom County, one in Clark County, one in Walla Walla and the rest between Seattle and Tacoma.

Two of them have submitted applications previously, Summit Public Schools and the Bilingual Charter Academy.

The other charter authorizer in the state, the Spokane school district, did not receive any notices from groups that plan to apply this spring.

Washington's charter school law will allow up to 40 of the independent public schools to open in the state.

The statewide commission has already approved eight charter schools, with one already opened and six others scheduled to open in fall 2015.

Spokane Public Schools, has approved two more schools scheduled to open in 2015.

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