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Hebrew charter school looking to expand to Pinellas



The group behind an English-Hebrew charter school in South Florida that sparked controversy over church-state lines in 2007 wants to set up a similar operation in Pinellas.

The school board is scheduled to vote tonight on the application for the Ben Gamla Charter School. If it says yes, there will be another vote down the road on a proposed, 5-year contract.

The mission of the K-8 charter is to "develop focused, responsible students prepared for success in a global society through the study of Hebrew as a second language," the application says. "This will be achieved through delivery of a first-class academic program that offers a unique bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cultural curriculum."

The school projects an enrollment of up to 900 students. If it reaches the maximum in year one, it will the cost $28.8 million over the contract period, acccording to the district.

To read more on this specific charter, go to page 745 of tonight's school board agenda packet. To read more about the expansion of Hebrew charter schools, go here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:23am]


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