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Erie School Board Rejects Proposed Charter Schools

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Two proposed charter schools on Wednesday night were rejected by the Erie School Board, each for different reasons.
   
The Eagle's Nest College Preparatory Charter School was turned down mainly because of financial concerns. This school, proposed by Bishop Dwane Brock, would be housed in former Roosevelt School and students would reside there during the week.

Board Director John Harkins said the board loves the concept, but there were some technical concerns with their application.

Brock said this is the first of its kind in the state, so he understand why more details need to be worked out.

"We're caught in a Catch 22," said Brock. "The school board wants a commitment from our funding sources, and our funding sources wants a commitment from the school board. We've already talked and gathered our resources and we're prepared to more forward."

The Erie New Americans Friendship Academy Charter School, which would help young immigrants learn the English language and culture, was also rejected for what the board's attorney called segregation.

"You can't set up a special school for new Americans," said Attorney Tim Sennett. "Charter school law does not permit it."

Gary Horton, the driving force behind the school, said the school would not exclude any students. He said he's already seen support from the community and he, too it prepared to present plans to the board in the near future.

"The next step is to address the concerns they have and to prove to them this will be a good, educational opportunity for all students in the City of Erie," said Horton.

Both these schools will the have the chance to present their amendments to the board again.

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