Spokane likely to authorize first charter school

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane School District appears likely to authorize Washington state's first charter school on Wednesday.

A board committee has endorsed Pride Prep and the board will finalize its choice with a vote Wednesday evening. Pride Prep was one of three applicants to open a charter school within district borders.

District spokesman Kevin Morrison said Tuesday the whole process has been seamless, businesslike and with zero negative comments aimed at the district or the applicants.

The Washington State Charter Schools Commission, which is running a parallel process involving many more applicants and public hearings, is expected to announce its first charters on Jan. 30. The statewide process has also run smoothly, with some acrimony at a Seattle public hearing.