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Two Pasco County charter schools on short leash with district officials

  • One Pasco County charter school faces the threat of closure, and another of losing its funding stream, district superintendent Kurt Browning told his School Board on Tuesday.
  • Board vice chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong noted that the charter — not to be confused with Florida Virtual School — had significant financial deficiencies, and did not provide adequate details to the district as required.
  • She said she wanted to make sure Florida Virtual Academy, which the board has warily watched since its unwelcome arrival in the district, at the very least meets its contractual obligations.
  • Superintendent Kurt Browning said he would give the charter school the chance to improve its performance and compliance.
  • Browning continued to talk about another charter school, Pasco MYcroSchool, that also is on his watch list.

One Pasco County charter school faces the threat of closure, and another of losing its funding stream, district superintendent Kurt Browning told his School Board on Tuesday.

One Pasco County charter school faces the threat of closure, and another of losing its funding stream, district superintendent Kurt Browning told his School Board on Tuesday.

The first, Florida Virtual Academy at Pasco, came under scrutiny at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting during a discussion of its annual performance review. Board vice chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong noted that the charter — not to be confused with Florida Virtual School — had significant financial deficiencies, and did not provide adequate details to the district as required.

The school also did not submit its state-required charter school accountability report on time, raising additional red flags for Armstrong.

She said she wanted to make sure Florida Virtual Academy, which the board has warily watched since its unwelcome arrival in the district, at the very least meets its contractual obligations.

Superintendent Kurt Browning said he would give the charter school the chance to improve its performance and compliance. But the group, which has already been shut down Hillsborough County and threatened in Pinellas County, would be put on notice, he said.

“We are going to send a letter to them … giving them a deadline,” Browning told the board. “Failure to comply will result in a letter from the superintendent recommending they be shut down.”

Florida Virtual Academy is in the final year of…

Two Pasco County charter schools on short leash with district officials