The latest on the quest for a privately run charter school at MacDill Air Force Base: The group that was turned down this month in Hillsborough County is appealing with the state.
Florida Charter Educational Foundation, the nonprofit that wants a school run by Charter Schools USA, says the school district did not have proper grounds to turn down its proposal for a K-8 school serving 875 students.
An answer from the State Board of Education should come in about three months, the foundation said.
“We believe that the application we submitted is solid and the Hillsborough School District’s denial is completely without merit,” president Ken Haiko said in a written statement. “We are deeply committed to seeing this through to the end. Our military service men and women deserve our unrelenting determination to provide an educational option that makes sense for their families and we are not willing to be deterred by nonsensical political grandstanding.”
The school district, in recommending denial, said the proposal was flawed in that it did not make the school’s governance structure clear.
Charter Schools USA already runs three schools in Hillsborough. One, Woodmont Charter, has an F grade, which was another issue for Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. A spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale-based company said they sometimes open schools in disadvantaged communities, and it takes a year or two before they show academic success.