‘Threatening’ charter school withdrawn

Remember that proposed charter school that won a $450,000 federal grant but got repeatedly criticized and deferred by the Charlottesville School system? It was the subject of the Hook's cover story last November 17, and now it's dead in the City, according to a story in this morning's Daily Progress. Veteran educators Bobbi Snow and Sandy Richardson beat out applications from all over the country to win nearly a half a million dollars from the federal Department of Education's Department of Innovation for an arts-infused remedial middle school. And yet a review team of from the Charlottesville School Board blasted the proposal for an alleged lack of "valuable ideas."
After more than a year of waiting for a school system that once called charter schools a "threat" to the district, the backers got tired. This morning's Progress story hints they may take their idea to Albemarle.
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