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Pasco to get its first virtual charter school



The Pasco County School Board didn't like much about Florida Virtual Academy, an online charter school proposal from a local board that would hire K12 Inc. to run the show.

Board members rejected the school's application in 2012, and signaled a strong desire to do so again on Tuesday, when they took up the contract after the school won its appeal of the district's rejection.

"I still believe that this board had very valid concerns when we attempted to deny this application," board member Joanne Hurley said.

Even superintendent Kurt Browning said he wasn't comfortable with the charter, either. "I am very concerned about this one in light of the issues that this charter school has had even in Florida alone," he said, referring to multiple reports questioning the worthiness of K12's programs. (Examples here, here and here.)

But Browning cautioned the board that it had no legal reason to deny the charter contract. If the school doesn't perform well, he added, the district can rescind the agreement. He pledged to keep a close eye on performance.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 1:20pm]


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