Spokane approves state's first charter school

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The first charter school in Washington will open in Spokane next year.

The Spokesman-Review reports the Spokane Public Schools board approved the application Wednesday for Pride Prep.

Pride Prep is led by former Spokane middle school principal Brenda McDonald who says it will take middle and high-school students who are in danger of failing and prepare them for college.

It plans to open in the fall 2015 with sixth- and seventh-graders and add another grade level every year. The location is yet to be determined.

State voters in 2012 approved a charter school measure that allows up to 40 independent public schools to open over five years.

Spokane Public Schools is the first to decide on a charter school since voters approved the law.