Tampa Bay districts get a flurry of charter school applications
Pinellas received eight applications for new charter schools by yesterday's deadline. Hillsborough got 20. Pasco and Hernando got one each.
In Pinellas, three applications propose new schools with instruction in English and Greek. Three are aimed at at-risk students and/or recent dropouts, including a new application from Mavericks, the charter chain that is setting up a school in Largo. One offers a college prep curriculum "developing students' abilities in the Spanish language." And one aims to replicate the Alfred Adler Elementary charter school in St. Petersburg, which is modeled on the theories of pyschologist Alfred Adler.
In Hernando, the one application is for Nature Coast Charter School, proposed by a company called Green Door Education Services.
In Pasco, the Pinellas-based Plato Academy has applied to open a K-8 school. It would be the county's second Greek-themed charter school if approved.