Polk school officials reject "high performing" charter school application
While Pasco school officials decide how to treat a "high performing" charter application from Charter Schools USA, Polk leaders have already jumped into the fray on a similar request from the company.
They've said "no."
The district's charter school review panel said the firm's application was not a true replication of the Homestead school that it proposed, as the Polk campus would be K-8 while the existing school is for grades 6-8 only.
"The law said it must be a substantial replication," Polk senior director of magnet, choice and charter schools Carolyn Bridges told the Lakeland Ledger. She referred to newly adopted law that would give "high performing" charter schools more leeway to open in new places without much say by local school boards.