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Life Skills on life support?

Things are not looking good for the Life Skills charter high school in St. Petersburg. Pinellas district officials again recommended today that the school board deny a charter renewal for the troubled but beloved school, which had hoped for a one-year extension. A majority of board members indicated they agree.

"I don't see something that says, 'Wow, they're really going to turn this around,' " board member Peggy O'Shea said of the school's revised improvement plan, which was presented at today's workshop.

"I have not heard from this (charter school's) board. I have not seen their passion," said board member Robin Wikle.

In April, board members criticized Life Skills, marred by low graduation rates and FCAT scores, for not including enough detail in the first draft of its improvement plan. But it gave the school more time to come back with something better.

Dot Clark, the district's charter supervisor, described the subsequent response from school officials as "sluggish."

The board is scheduled to vote on the charter extension Tuesday.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:07am]


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