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State Board Approves Jefferson Charter Takeover

The State Board of Education has approved a plan to turn control of Jefferson County Schools over to a charter school. Jefferson County School Superintendent Marianne Arbulu says the district is in the process of finding a charter school that meets state standards and is willing to take over.

“So right now, we’ve been on a first date and we’re trying to assess whether we like each other. We have two companies that have expressed an interest. One as I say has already been on site. The other has expressed an interest they’ll be here next week and the two are kind of in that we’ll see mode,” Arbulu says.

Board members voted unanimously in favor of the plan, but raised concerns. Tom Grady says he’s worried about the logistics of the current Jefferson County School board working together with the new board that will be created for the charter school.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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