Student acceptance policy unchanged for charter school

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The plan for student selection for the Patrick Henry Charter School will remain as it stands after the Richmond public school board denies a proposal by the charter school's leaders.

The board had to decide whether to accept a change to the acceptance policy for the charter school that would allow siblings of students that had been accepted. They denied that change at Monday night's meeting at City Hall.

Also denied was a proposal to allow children of founders and faculty to automatically be accepted before students that were picked in the lottery. Board members voted against that because it was not previously outlined in the admittance policy that parents received.

Patrick Henry school leaders are holding a fundraiser Tuesday that will help raise money for the charter school. They still need close to $400,000 to help make the school ADA compliant. This is just one of many challenges and things school leaders must accomplish between now and the first day of school.

That private fundraiser is supported by Governor Bob McDonnell, who recently donated $25,000 from surplus in his election campaign fund.

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