WCASD School Board Rejects Application for New Charter School

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After careful deliberation, West Chester Area School District officials have decided to deny the application submitted by Skills for Life Charter School, according to a report from the Daily Local News.

“The administration has spent many hours reviewing this application to determine if it has met the four standards in the charter school law,” said Dr. Jim Scanlon, WCASD Superintendent. “We have found it doesn’t meet any of the four standards.”

It was determined that the application does not demonstrate sustainable community support or how it will support comprehensive learning experiences for students. It also failed to provide fiscal stability to operate or demonstrates how it would serve as a model for other public schools.

The application was filed on Nov. 15 and presented to the school board on Dec. 7.

“While we appreciate the applicant’s passion for bringing this to the board, the application falls short of meeting the standards for a charter school,” said Chris McCune, WCASD School Board President.

The applicant can file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Charter Appeals Board within 60 days.

Read more about the application in the Daily Local News here.

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