A proposed charter school that unwillingly found itself at the center of a “culture war” in Florida’s capital city has formally appealed its rejected application to the state level.
The Leon County School Board rejected Tallahassee Classical School’s application this spring, despite a review by the district’s staff that supported its plan for a new school that would focus on teaching the great books of Western civilization.
Jana Sayler, a trained accountant who joined forces with a team of Leon County educators to start the school, said they were confident the state’s Charter School Appeals Commission would find their plan meets the requirements in state law.
“We expect that the state will approve our opening for the 2019-20 school year,” she said.
By that time, she says, she hopes the district will develop the strong working relationship with the district — which several school board members said they wanted.