Pasco charter school drops fight to remain open

Superintendent Kurt Browning has called for the closure of Pasco MYcroSchool over performance and finance issues.
Published Mar. 15, 2019

The leaders of a Pasco County online charter school have abandoned their state appeal of the school district’s plan to shut it down.

Pasco MYcroSchool had requested a Division of Administrative Hearings review of superintendent Kurt Browning’s recommendation that the online charter, intended to help struggling high school students, lose its contract because of a lack of progress in attaining adequate student achievement and reckless misuse of public funds.

This week, the school’s principal and board president formally withdrew their state appeal, leaving the final decision in the hands of the Pasco School Board. The administrative law judge assigned the case closed the matter on Wednesday.

The move paves the way for the School Board to shut down the school that has struggled to attract students, while also missing several paperwork and financial requirements since opening. District officials warned the school in the fall about its compliance problems, but waited until February before deciding the poor performance had gone on long enough.

The board is scheduled to formally consider the superintendent’s recommendation on May 21.