The group that wants to open a charter school on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., plans to fight the local school district that rejected the proposal.
The Florida Charter Educational Foundation, a volunteer board based in South Florida, voted unanimously Wednesday to appeal the Hillsborough County School Board’s decision to deny the charter application.
“We believe that the application we submitted is solid and the Hillsborough School District’s denial is completely without merit,” foundation chairman Ken Haiko said in a written statement. “We are deeply committed to seeing this through to the end. Our military service men and women deserve our unrelenting determination to provide an educational option that makes sense for their families and we are not willing to be deterred by nonsensical political grandstanding.
The foundation had hoped to open the MacDill Charter Academy, a K-8 charter school serving 875 students, next fall.
“We were asked to locate a school on base to provide military students an opportunity to gain additional support and resources and be surrounded by their peers,” Haiko said in the statement. “Military students must face challenges civilian students do not, such as deployment of parents and frequent moves. The Charter Schools USA model offers flexibility to adapt to the unique needs of the base and provide an academic and social structure that focuses on what’s best for the students and their families.” Continue Reading →