State gives Sweetwater Branch Academy year reprieve

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:25 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:25 a.m.

Sweetwater Branch Academy Elementary will remain open for at least one more year.

The State Board of Education voted Tuesday to give the struggling charter school one more year after it received F grades on its FCAT scores in its first two years of existence.

Under a state law that went into effect this year, a charter school with two F grades must close. In Sweetwater Elementary’s case, it had the option of requesting a waiver because it is less than five years old. Sweetwater’s middle school, which has been open for four years, has received A and B grades since it opened.

Should Sweetwater Elementary receive another F next year, the school’s board would cooperate with the state mandate and voluntarily close the school.

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