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Groups take first step to opening charter schools

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SEATTLE — Parents and the education community got a glimpse Tuesday of the groups seeking to open Washington state’s first charter schools next fall, though some say there isn’t enough time to establish an institution by then.

A total of 23 organizations have submitted electronic letters of intent, Joshua Halsey, executive director of the Charter School Commission, said about an hour before the Tuesday afternoon deadline.

Washington voters approved a law last November to establish charters, which are public schools…

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