Pittsburgh school board rejects charter school expansion

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pittsburgh Public Schools board has unanimously rejected expansion plans by the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park that would have cost the district as much as $11 million a year and unanimously approved changes proposed by Manchester Academic Charter School and Academy Charter School.

"It's a missed opportunity for the city of Pittsburgh," said Jon McCann, CEO of ECS, in an interview after the vote. He vowed an appeal to the state Charter School Appeal Board.

ECS proposed opening another K-8 school at the district’‍s now-closed Fort Pitt building in Garfield in fall 2015 and a 9-12 school in the former Letsche School, which has been sold, in the Lower Hill District in 2017.

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