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New Pasco County charter school delays opening



Parents and students waiting to attend Florida's first classical preparatory school will have to wait a bit longer.

Classical Prep, a charter school proposed by Anne Corcoran (the wife of state Rep. Richard Corcoran), has asked the Pasco County school district to defer her charter contract a year past its scheduled August 2013 debut.

The decision allows the school founders to focus on facility options, Corcoran said.

"We don't want to be moving every year," she said. "We want to be comfortable where we get."

The school also had applied for a federal charter school grant, which would help cover non-staff costs, but was denied. The delay also will allow the school to seek the grant again, Corcoran said.

School district charter school supervisor Nancy Scowcroft praised the decision: "That shows great judgment and a true desire to be educating their kids as best they can," Scowcroft said.

The Classical Preparatory Academy had been planned to open in the Wesley Chapel area with 254 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, teaching logic, Latin, Western civilization and philosophy. It has drawn some added attention because of its high profile supporters, including House Speaker Will Weatherford (a member of the founding board) and Jeb Bush education adviser Patricia Levesque (a member of the advisory board).

A second new charter school, to serve about 30 children with autism, is still on track to open in the fall.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:34am]


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