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Robertson Schools again rejects charter school application

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The Robertson County Board of Education has again denied the application of a group in Springfield wanting to open an elementary charter school.

In a special-called meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, the board unanimously denied the application that was re-submitted in July by the Springfield Preparatory Academy (SPA), according to school district spokesperson Jim Bellis.

The school board first denied the charter school application in June, citing shortfalls in the areas of academics, operations and finance/business.

The SPA submitted an amended application in July.

Last month, Raymond Francis, chairman of the charter school group's board of directors, told the Connection that the SPA board made necessary adjustments in the application and the changes the school board requested when they amended the application and re-submitted it.

The charter school review team of Robertson County Schools presented to the board an analysis and recommendation of the re-submitted application.

Once again, it found shortfalls in the same three areas and advised the board to not authorize the charter school request.

The SPA will now be able to appeal to the State Board of Education, according to the Tennessee Department of Education's website.

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