West Chester Area School District Denies Charter School Application

West Chester Area School District (WCASD) School Board of DirectorsWest Chester Area School District Board of Directors (2020)

WEST CHESTER, PA — The West Chester Area School District Board of Directors this week denied the application of Skills for Life Charter School.

“The administration has spent many hours reviewing this application to determine if it has met the four standards in the charter school law. We have found it doesn’t meet any of the four standards,” said Dr. Jim Scanlon, WCASD Superintendent.

“The application doesn’t demonstrate sustainable support from the community or how it will support comprehensive learning experiences for students. The application also fails to provide any fiscal stability to operate, nor does it serve as a model for other public schools,” continued Scanlon.

The Skills for Life Charter School application was filed on November 15, 2020, and presented to the school board via Zoom during a special hearing on December 7, 2020.

“While we appreciate the applicant’s passion for bringing this to the board, the application falls short of meeting the standards for a charter school,” said Chris McCune, WCASD School Board President.

The applicant has 60 days to file an appeal to the Pennsylvania Charter Appeals Board. According to the application, Skills for Life Charter School is designed to be a micro-charter school serving approximately 15 students in grades 1- 8. The proposed location for the school is 355 West Market Street in West Chester.

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