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Four more charters are headed to Hillsborough



Four more charter schools are up for approval in Hillsborough County, potentially serving more than 3,000 students.

The four, emerging from 13 applications, include Plato Academy, a K-8 school in the Citrus Park area that would be modeled after a group of successful Plato schools in Pinellas County.

The group also includes Avant Garde, a K-8 school in Northwest Hillsborough that would focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math; BridgePrep, a Riverview K-8 that would offer instruction in English and Spanish; and Sports Leadership Management Academy, which would serve grades 6-12 at an undetermined location.

The district had hoped for closure on a long dispute involving Kids Community College. District leaders also wanted the board to deny approval for a Kids Community College high school. But both items were withdrawn from Tuesday's agenda.

Six other projects were approved in October, meaning that depending on how soon the organizations find sites and start building, the district could find itself with more than 50 publicly funded but privately operated charter schools next year.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 6:38am]


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