By: Ashley White | Tallahassee Democrat | April 24, 2018
The Leon County School Board barred two charter schools from opening at its meeting Tuesday night in front of a full crowd.
The board unanimously decided to deny the Plato Academy and Tallahassee Classical School’s applications. The schools had intended to open in 2019.
“This is not the time for a new charter school in our district,” said board member Maggie Lewis-Butler. “We have schools that are doing to same curriculum that you’re going to create for your charter school.”
Board member Rosanne Wood addressed the founders of the Classical school, saying “this is not about you and your efforts, it’s more of a philosophical stance.”
The schools will have 30 days to appeal the decision to the Florida Department of Education. The School Board must provide written reasons for its denial within 10 days.
Read about the charter schools:
- LCS charter school landscape continues to expand; Hanna: ‘I don’t know how to stop it’
- Proposed charter school, Tallahassee Classical School, could open in 2019
- School Board delays vote on superintendent’s denial of charter school applications
- ‘Until school boards rise up’: Officials deliberate ahead of charter school vote tonight
- Superintendent Rocky Hanna to School Board: Block charter schools
- ‘The system is not equal’: Rocky Hanna explains why he wants to block two charter schools