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Pasco superintendent asks School Board to change its mind -- twice



Just nevermind about those decisions.

That's the message Pasco School Board members received Tuesday in their Jan. 19 agenda packet from superintendent Kurt Browning.

In the document, Browning recommends that the board overturn its Dec. 1 decision to terminate its contract with AMI Kids, which runs an alternative school for about 120 at-risk children. District staff raised concerns about the school's ability to appropriately serve the children, but left room for improvement.

"The issues that brought about the notice of termination have been satisfactorily resolved," Browning wrote in his new recommendation.

He similarly has asked the board to reverse its October denial of a school for a group affiliated with Charter Schools of America, Florida's largest charter organization. The group filed a lengthy appeal in December, and now Browning has recommended approval of Pasco Charter Academy. 

In a revised evaluation of the group's application, district staff changed their finding on one measure -- budget -- from "does not meet the standards" to "partially meets the standards." Staff still finds the group's proposal does not meet standards on financial management and oversight.

But it appears to be enough for Browning to encourage the board to overturn its original decision. Board members said in October the two deficiencies were "very large," adding that they trusted their evaluators and the instrument they used.

They'll get to reconsider next Tuesday, when both items come up for a vote.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 10:51pm]


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