No Rush for Charter Schools
School districts in the Tri-Cities have no immediate plans to pursue charter schools, after the issue was narrowly approval by Washington voters.
Initiate 1240 allows 40 charter schools over the next five years. School districts and non-profit organizations will be able to apply for charters to create charter schools as an alternative to public schools, and the schools will be publicly funded.
The Kennewick School District has no immediate plans for a charter, and says an idea for a new school would likely have to come from parents.
The Pasco and Richland school districts say they have no plans to create a charter school either. The Tri-Cities already has Delta High School, focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. There is also a lot of support in the districts for home-schooling and dual language eduation.