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TACOMA, Wash. -- The Tacoma School Board is scheduled to address the topic of charter schools Thursday night.

Voters approved publicly-funded charter schools in November.

The Tacoma School District is among a dozen Washington school districts that have sent letters to the state Board of Education indicating intent to authorize charter schools starting in 2014. The other districts include Bellevue, Battle Ground, Eastmont, Highline, Kent, Naselle-Grays River Valley, Peninsula, Port Townsend, Sequim, Spokane and Sunnyside.

Under the law, up to 40 public charter schools can be established over the course of five years. Even if districts choose not to become authorizers of charter schools, a state-appointed panel can still approve them.

The Tacoma public schools Superintendent has asked that the board to make a determination on if it wishes to move forward and become a charter school authorizer at Thursday night's school board meeting. KING 5 will have a crew there.

More updates to follow.

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