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Easton School Board rejects charter school

By Tom Coombe, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 25 2014 08:55:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 26 2014 10:45:11 AM CDT
The former St. Joseph school in Easton
EASTON, Pa. -

The Easton Area School Board has turned down an application from a charter school that had hoped to open on the city's south side.

The board voted 7-0 Tuesday night, with one member abstaining and another absent, to reject an application by the Strong Foundations Charter School.

Board members said the school hadn't shown a detailed enough plan for a curriculum, nor demonstrated how students at Strong Foundations would be learning differently than their counterparts in the district's traditional schools.

"I didn't see any uniqueness," said board member William Rider. "I didn't see the difference."

Strong Foundations had approached the district last year with plans to open a school on West St. Joseph Street in the former St. Joseph Catholic school.

Jaime Mitchell, the interim chairman of the school, had asked board members Tuesday to focus "on the facts and the data" surrounding the school, and not on what's been in the news.

Mitchell's predecessor, Vincent Ford, resigned last month after news reports about a past sexual assault charge.

"This is about a bunch of kids trying to get an education," Mitchell said.

After the meeting, he said he wasn't surprised by the board's ruling, and said he plans to appeal.

"Nothing's changed," he said. "The need hasn't changed."