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Loudoun County rejects proposal for math, IT charter school
by Michael Alison Chandler
Loudoun County School Board members, many of whom campaigned to expand school choice, turned down their only pending charter school application Tuesday night after months of scrutiny and a storm of allegations that the applicants have hidden ties to a Muslim preacher.
Board members had raised questions about significant gaps in the academic and operational plans for the Loudoun Math & IT Academy, which hoped to become Northern Virginia's first charter school. They criticized its loosely formed curriculum, shaky financial assumptions and an inadequate transportation plan before voting 8 to 1 to reject the application.
"As much as I wanted to support this effort, I am resigned that it is not of the caliber that Loudoun students deserve," said board member Jeff Morse (Dulles).
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