Charter-school applicants to pitch plans at public forums

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Originally published Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:05 PM
By John Higgins
Seattle Times education reporter

Last week, the 19 educators who hope to run Washington’s first charter schools pitched their dreams to the state commission that will decide their fate.

In what basically were job interviews, the candidates had to show they have not only the vision for a great school, but the financial savvy to run — with taxpayer dollars — what is essentially a small business.

They also had to show they have money, or a credible plan for getting it, to cover the many startup costs they’ll incur in the long months before the public funds start flowing.

Two potential operators with established charter-school networks in California — Green Dot Public Schools and Summit Public Schools — have multimillion-dollar grants already in hand from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand into Washington if they’re selected.

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