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Students, in tears, plead for Pinellas school board to spare charter school



Parents and students of a Pinellas County charter school tearfully lobbied the school board Tuesday to keep their school open despite low graduation rates and poor FCAT scores. And they may have won a reprieve. “They’re like my mom and dad. They push me,” said Patrick Williams, a student at Life Skills in St. Petersburg. Shutting the school down is “breaking up a happy home.”

The board ultimately voted 7-0 to begin the process of denying renewal for the 5-year-old school, which enrolls students at-risk of dropping out. But that process will give Life Skills a couple more chances to plead its case, and to offer an improvement plan. Read more here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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