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Close Imagine Charter School, Stewart says

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July

Pinellas Superintendent John Stewart this morning told board members he'd like to close struggling Imagine Charter School in St. Petersburg, which just earned its third F in four years.

This recommendation comes less than two months after the board voted 5-1 to extend the school's contract per his recommendation. Though Imagine supporters made the case that they were improving, 2011-12 FCAT data released soon after showed the school was still struggling: 54 percent of its third graders, for example, scored a Level 1 in reading, the lowest possible score.

It was the worst third-grade reading performance of any school in the district except for Life Force Academy, which the board already voted to close.

Dot Clark, who oversees charter schools for the district, said after his announcement that she would gather the financial and academic data needed to support the recommendation to bring to the school board as soon as possible. If board members approve, the school would have 90 days notice to close.

The school can also appeal the decision. 

Stewart's comments came during a school board retreat.

[Last modified: Monday, July 16, 2012 8:31am]

    

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