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Janssen's student assignment plan wins school board approval, but ...



The Pinellas County School Board voted unanimously tonight to approve Superintendent Julie Janssen’s ambitious plan to beef up the district’s academic programs. But not until it shot down two more of Janssen’s proposals: shrinking the size of the International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High and re-opening Kings Highway Elementary in Clearwater as a fundamental school.

Board members voted 4-3 to nix both ideas, with new board members Terry Krassner and Lew Williams joining Linda Lerner and Janet Clark for the majority.

Downsizing the IB program “will affect the integrity of the program, absolutely,” Lerner said. “It is not just not rational or right” to cut it.

“I feel like the fat lady really has sung,” Deena Ewing, one of a dozen Palm Harbor IB parents in the audience, told The Gradebook after the vote.

Janssen clearly felt stung. After Lerner asked for her recommendation on another matter later in the meeting, Janssen quipped, “I’m not sure my recommendation matters. We’ve had a lot of major things voted down.”

Read more in tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 10:22pm]


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