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Pasco school district to create choice task force

Repeating criticisms of his district's school choice options as lacking, Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning on Tuesday announced he would create a high-level task force to explore adding more education alternatives for students and parents.

The group will look at "magnets, K-8's, 9-14's — different options we need to provide" for families within the school system, Browning said.

The task force "will be working very hard over the next six to eight months," he told the School Board, with a plan of bringing recommendations to the board by January. The goal, he continued, was to have new options in place for the 2014-15 academic year.

Browning lamented that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million that would have helped the district create a STEM magnet school. But he said that rejection would not stand in the way of improving and adding to the choices that Pasco children deserve.

Thousands of Pasco children already attend charter schools, use home schools and take virtual courses. What suggestions would you offer the task force as it considers school choice ideas for Pasco?

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:09am]


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