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Three charter school applications up for approval in Pinellas



Superintendent Julie Janssen is recommending that the Pinellas school board approve three new charter school applications at its meeting next week.

One is for a second Mavericks charter high school (the first one in Pinellas opened this fall in Largo). The other two are for new K-8 Plato Academy schools.

Pasco district officials recently recommended against a new Plato Academy in that district, citing concerns about the school’s budget, curriculum and student assessment plans.

Janssen was poised to recommend denial for another charter application – for the Richard Milburn Academy - but the item has been pulled so the applicant can revise, said board attorney Jim Robinson. A staff review of the application concluded there were deficiencies in many areas, including curriculum, governance and discipline policy.

A Richard Milburn Academy in Pasco closed in 2007 after being put on probation for concerns about finances and curriculum.

- Ron Matus and Donna Winchester, Times education reporters

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:38am]


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