Seven charter school applicants still standing in Hillsborough
TAMPA -- Judging by the numbers, it's not an easy thing to open a charter school in Hillsborough County.
From a field of applicants that started at 23 in September, just seven remain, according to district officials. Twelve have dropped out due to the economy, tough standards, lack of a facility, or a raft of other potential problems. And four are being voted off the island by a staff committee.
Those recommendations must still pass muster with Superintendent MaryEllen Elia and the School Board, which is due to take up the matter on Dec. 7. Stay tuned.