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posted: 4/15/2013 4:32 PM

Naperville Dist. 203 likely to reject online charter school

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Naperville Unit District 203 is expected tonight to join several other school districts in denying the petition for a virtual charter school.

During discussion at their April 1 board meeting, district officials said they did not believe the school complied with state law and was not in the best interest of the district's students. Supterintendent Dan Bridges also expressed frustration over the lack of communication from those behind the Illinois Virtual Charter School @ Fox River Valley.

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Board members said they were also concerned about the lack of a contract to establish the charter school between St. Charles-based Virtual Learning Solutions, Inc. and proposed school management company, K12, Inc. Such a contract is required by state law.

If they deny the application, the charter school's governing board would appeal the decision to the Illinois State Charter School Commission. A third option would be for all 18 districts involved to agree to let the state commission decide whether to approve the online program.

The entire 215-page proposal can be found online at http://www.naperville203.org/assets/ILVCS_FRVProposal.pdf.

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