From the Times Union
by Teresa Stepzinski
The state Board of Education in a split vote Tuesday ruled in favor of Florida Virtual Academy at Duval County, which had its application previously rejected by the Duval County School Board.
The state board voted 3 to 1 with one member abstaining in support of the school, and therefore overturned the decision of the Charter School Appeals Commission, said Cheryl Etters, a state Department of Education spokeswoman.
The Duval School Board and district administrators will “review the order from the Board of Education to determine whether we think it is advisable to appeal,” said Jill Johnson, school system spokeswoman.
On Oct 4, the Duval board denied the application from Northeast Florida Virtual Charter School Board Inc., which wanted to initially open a kindergarten through ninth grade school with a proposed enrollment of 620 students.
School district staff recommended denying the application because the organization failed 12 of the 19 sections of the application of which at least 15 sections must be met to pass.
District staff also said representatives of the proposed school did not attend any of provided meetings or help sessions scheduled to discuss the requirements and procedures to complete the application, school system records show.