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Updated Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 09:36 PM

City University of Seattle looks to share space with elementary school

By Linda Shaw
Seattle Times education reporter

Just who may apply to open charter schools in Washington state is not yet clear — the vote on Initiative 1240 has not yet been certified, and the state Board of Education has yet to set up a timetable for application and approval.

But there is one group already interested in possibly offering space to a charter.

City University of Seattle, which is moving its headquarters from Bellevue to Seattle in January, will be leasing two floors of a building at Sixth and Wall. It has an option on the third floor, too, and is looking for a tenant interested in opening an elementary school there — a regular public school, a private school or a charter.

CityU has one of the state's largest teacher-education programs, and would like to have an elementary school to provide prospective teachers with an easy way to get some of their training.

Steven Olswang, CityU's provost, said Seattle Public Schools has already looked at the third floor as the possible site for a regular public school downtown. But he said CityU is also interested in talking with charter-school operators or private schools.

Linda Shaw: 206-464-2359 or lshaw@seattletimes.com


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