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Three charter school applications up for approval in Pinellas

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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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