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Pasco School Board members raise concerns about Florida Virtual Academy of Pasco charter school

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The Florida Virtual Academy of Pasco, a charter school that almost didn't get approved to open, was put on notice Tuesday that its performance since opening is jeopardizing its continued operation.

During an update on the school's improvement plan, Pasco County School Board members told the charter school's leaders that they were not impressed with the data they had seen so far.

Chairman Allen Altman said the school's "Incomplete" grade from the state, combined with its declining student achievement on state exams, made him wonder how Florida Virtual Academy could prove its viability. Just 37 percent of FLVA students were performing at or above grade level in language arts, and 22 percent in math.

Altman told the representatives he worried that they soon might be seeking new jobs, and the district would be left scrambling to place its nearly 200 students into different schools.

Such a fate would not be unprecedented. The Hillsborough school district shut down Florida Virtual Academy of Hillsborough earlier this year, citing deficiencies that it deemed "gross neglect." The Pinellas school district also moved to close Florida Virtual Academy in its county.

The school's Pasco representatives told the Pasco School Board that they were working with new systems to improve performance, and expected gains. Board members declined to accept the school's report, asking district staff to work with the school and return with more detailed information at a future board meeting.

Florida Virtual Academy is not associated with the state's Florida Virtual School.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 6:17pm]

    

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