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WA Charter School Commission

RCW 28A.710.070

The Charter School Commission (CSC) is an independent state agency that authorizes high-quality public charter schools throughout Washington, with an emphasis on authorizing schools that offer opportunities for at-risk students. It is one of two types of entities permitted to authorize public charter schools in Washington. The CSC provides leadership and oversight consistent with national principles and standards as well as the provisions of the state’s charter school law. The Charter School Commission resides in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for administrative purposes only. The appropriation for the commission is transferred to a new program under OSPI effective July 1, 2017. All data for these functions have been transferred to OSPI beginning July 1, 2017.

Agency Mission

To authorize high quality public charter schools and provide effective oversight and transparent accountability to improve educational outcomes for at-risk students.
Net change from current biennium
Percent change from current biennium

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2017-19 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2015-17 Actual 2017-19 Estimated 2019-21 Proposed
General Fund - Basic Account - State 497,000
WA Opportunity Pathways Account - State 546,000
Charter Schools Oversight Account - State 227,092
Total Appropriated Funds 1,270,092

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 730,960

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
326,762 34.6% (1,270,092) (100.0%)

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2016-17 Actual 2017-18 Estimated 2018-19 Estimated 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 3.2