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Lawmaker to quit his school job



Legg State Rep. John Legg, a New Port Richey Republican who sits on the House Schools and Learning Council, plans to give up his day job at the charter school he cofounded seven years ago. "I just can't be there anymore," Legg tells the Gradebook. "I'm in 1,000 different directions. It's hard for me to do it all the time."

Plus, his wife runs the school, and "it's not good policy to have us both there at the same time."

Legg's $26,000 salary from Dayspring Academy hardly would cover the pay of a new assistant administrator, though. So Legg plans to ask the Pasco School Board later this month to reduce the school's annual administrative fee from 5 percent to 3 percent, putting about $65,000 back into the charter's budget for its own costs. That's in line with the way other school districts treat A-rated charter schools, Legg says. "If we ever lose our A, they'd get their 2 percent back," he notes.

Legg plans to stick with the charter school until he's replaced. And he intends to remain a staunch advocate for the charter school movement. As for his future employment outside the Legislature, though, he's not sure what he'll be doing next.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:19am]


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