Charter schools for Washington State took a big step forward Monday at a public forum in Spokane.
One Spokane Valley private school made the pitch to become one of the state's first charter schools. It is among 18 others vying for that same privilege.
The audience at Monday night's forum was made up primarily of Pioneer School staff, parents and students. Students like Seth raved about his school and said he was never just "spoon-fed" information.
"There's a lot of hands-on things," Seth said, becoming emotional as he spoke about his school.
There was also a father who said he turned down a job in New York only because he didn't want to take his daughters away from Pioneer.
"Pioneer is that comfortable place for them that they can enjoy," he said.
The beloved private school could become one of Washington's first charter schools, thus collecting state dollars and allowing more students in.
"The best way to think of a charter is that it's simply got more flexibility to innovate and we're actually expecting to perform better and do better by your kids," Steve Sundquist said.