City University of Seattle, which has one of the state's largest teacher-education programs, will be leasing some floors of a building at Sixth and Wall and is looking for a tenant interested in opening an elementary school there — a regular public school, a private school or a charter.

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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.

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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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