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Charter School Application Denied

By a unanimous vote on Monday, West Chester district said no to Whole Life Charter School.

The West Chester Area School Board has rejected the application of a charter school that focuses on students with learning disorders, the Daily Local News is reporting.

According to the paper, the district received Whole Life Charter School’s application on Nov. 15, then held a pair of hearings on Dec. 17 and Feb. 4 to discuss the proposal. Ultimately, the charter’s bid to educate West Chester students was rejected by a unanimous vote on Monday at Stetson Middle School.

The district’s concern, reportedly, was stability. According to district business affairs director Suzanne Moore, Whole Life would have had a $1.5 million deficit in year one, and the figure would balloon to $9.6 million by year five.

“We find the best opportunity for success takes place in the classroom with strong curriculum and assessments, aligned with that curriculum, quality staff development for teachers as well as school leaders in a financially solid system to support student achievement,” West Chester superintendent Jim Scanlon told the paper. “We don’t believe that this charter application would have accomplished that.”

Downingtown also rejected the charter’s application.

But according to Whole Life’s website, the charter hasn't given up yet. The school is appealing the decisions and proceeding as though it will be affiliated with both districts in the fall of 2013.

We are appealing the recent denial of our charter application by the West Chester and Downingtown Area School Districts and are continuing to work for a September 2013 opening. If you are interested in submitting an enrollment interest form for your child, do so. We will continue to host all scheduled Parent Information Sessions and interviews. Information on our next Parent Information Session is at the top of the next column. If you have any questions regarding our school please do not hesitate to contact us.

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charlie February 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Here's a very insightful video - if you slide the time to 28 minutes into the video you'll see Simon get Sean Carpenter (WCASB Director) admit he discusses school board negotiations and business with the CC Republican Chairman Val DiGeorgio. Certainly NOT appropriate and appears to prove what many have thought- that the Republican party now runs this school board. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNsGvYDpt1g
RoxyD February 27, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Now we all know not to vote for the endorsed republican school board candidates. They did a great job pointing out who the Tea Party plants are. Are these people promised paid positions in exchange for serving time on school boards?
Cathy Binder February 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM
I find listening to this audio very interesting. Particularly where Simon chastises Mr. Carpenter for talking to people not in the district regarding the contract. So Mr. Campbell - why do you care about what is going on here - you don't live here. Why don't you let our board do their job, and our community vote as they choose. The bottom line is this. If the opposing side is doing a job getting their message out that is democracy in action. It is what is. Again, simply because someone does not agree with you does not make them evil or wrong. It only makes them different. And in the end I do not condone Mr. Carpenter talking to the Republican "bosses" about the contract. To me the only people the board should be talking to at this point are the teachers on the negotiating committee. Something the teachers have been asking for - but the board steadfastly will not do. And as far as the need of the teachers to be protected from the big bad union bosses - show me the statistics - letters etc that prove they don't want to be members. This seems to be again Mr. Campbell's agenda along with Ms. Adsett. Not the concern of the teachers.
Star Thrower February 28, 2013 at 03:43 PM
first of all charlie .. you "SEE" a lot at 28 minutes into a radio broadcast where there was no video whatsoever - I'm sure no one doubts your further ability to "SEE" proof that the republican party runs the school board - very amusing .. lol
Star Thrower February 28, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I just love the fear that Simon is able to infuse into the WC Vote "union-mouthpiece-taxpayer-abuse society" - I noticed that you WC Vote ladies have disabled comments on your columns lately ... more proof that the truth scares you girls to death - I love the charlie name ... can't wait to read more from charlie's WC Vote Angels.
edufan March 09, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Simon disables his comments, too, but I guess that is okay with you since all you do is lavish praise on him. You, Star, need to understand that WC Vote is not scared of you, Simon or anyone else. They are, in my opinion, working hard to ensure a stellar education for the children of WCASD without being so political. As for teachers feeling forced to be members? I've said this before, and I will say it again: don't be members, but be prepared to handle all grievances yourself and negotiate your own contracts. I, too, would love to know the statistics of teachers who do not want to be members. My estimate is that the percentage is quite low.

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