SEATTLE -

Spokane is the only school district seeking permission from the Washington State Board of Education to authorize charter schools.

Thirteen districts had expressed formal interest in the idea. But by Monday's deadline, only Spokane turned in an application.

Spokane Superintendent Shelley Redinger told KUOW-Radio she expects her city will have some of the state's first charter schools. The district wants to have a say in which schools open there.

Redinger has experience overseeing charters in Oregon. She says her district is ready to get started with the idea in Washington state.

Voters approved charter schools in November. The first of the independent public schools could open in fall 2014.