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McKeel charter school leader defends student dismissals

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October

The other day we told you about a Polk County School Board member's upset with the McKeel charter school system for what he said amounted to cherry picking of students. 

It's only fair to share the school superintendent's response to the Lakeland Ledger: Yeah, we do that.

McKeel superintendent Harold Maready readily acknowledged that his schools dismiss children for failing the FCAT, among other academic struggles. He blamed the school's popularity: "If we didn't have a waiting list, we'd keep them."

"We are not equipped to serve all kids," Maready continued. "Do you keep a child who is failing in your school when you've tried remediation? You look at that and you try to do what's best for the kids. We have limited resources." 

Such comments did not mollify board member Frank O'Reilly, who told the Ledger, "They need to work with them. The more he talks, the more mad I get." 

Read more from the Ledger.

[Last modified: Friday, October 1, 2010 6:08am]

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