Washington offers families very few school choice options. The state does not support private school choice. It does allow choice within the public education system.
Public School Choice:
Washington offers some choice within the public education system, including intra-district and inter-district open enrollment. The Center for Education Reform reports that Washington is one of only 10 states that have not yet passed a charter school law.
Private School Choice:
Washington does not offer private school choice.
According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, although Washington does not have a state-led virtual school or virtual charter schools, it does have a state-led initiative that provides courses to school districts. Washington provides 35 district-led online learning programs, 26 of which are available statewide. During the 2010-2011 school year, nearly 17,786 students throughout the state were enrolled in online courses, an 11 percent increase from the previous school year.
Click here for detailed information on Washington's public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in Washington.