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First 2 Spokane charter schools have so many applicants they're holding student lotteries


SPOKANE, Washington — Spokane's first two charter schools have had so many applicants they are holding student lotteries to see who will attend next fall.

The lotteries were scheduled for Monday evening.

Pride Prep will be enrolling 75 sixth graders and 75 seventh graders in its school with a focus on hands-on learning, career development and working in the community.

Spokane International Academy will be enrolling 50 students in kindergarten and first grade and 60 students in sixth grade in its elementary school with a focus on global learning and college-prep.

Six other schools, approved by the statewide Charter School Commission, are scheduled to open in the Puget Sound region in fall 2015.

The state's first charter school opened in Seattle this past fall.

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