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Friday, October 26, 2012

Fairfax County School Board Votes to Defer Further Consideration of Fairfax Leadership Academy Application

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to defer further consideration of the application by the Fairfax Leadership Academy (FLA) to establish a charter school in Fairfax County until FLA submits a revised application to the Board that substantially addresses concerns raised by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Charter School Review Committee and School Board members.

FLA’s revised application will also need to identify a new site for the charter school, as the School Board voted to eliminate the former Graham Road Elementary School property as an option.   

However, the School Board affirmed its interest in the FLA concept and targeted efforts to address the educational needs of the most at-risk students.

The committee, composed of FCPS staff, was charged with evaluating 17 application components defined by Virginia’s charter school authorizing legislation. The components include the admission process, economic soundness, parent and community support, special education, transportation, and others.  

Additional information on the charter school application and the committee’s review is available online.