In exclusive comments to Tallahassee Reports, Leon County School Board member Dee Dee Rasmussen explained her recent vote against the denial of the Red Hills Academy charter school application.
After extensive deliberation at the April 27th meeting, the Board voted against the review team recommendation for approval and sided with Superintendent Hanna’s recommendation to deny the application.
The vote was 3-2.
LCSB members Alva Striplin, Daryl Jones & Rosanne Wood voted for denial and members Joy Bowen and Dee Dee Rasmussen voted against denial.
Board member Rasmussen provide the following statement to Tallahassee Reports:
“I voted against the denial because the Superintendent put the Board in a very untenable position. First, the LCS Committee voted to approve the school, with conditions. Those conditions were never presented to the applicant and the District has failed to work with the them toward a favorable resolution. Then, the item was late filed with the Superintendent’s recommendation to deny. But, what we voted on last night — with about a 2-hour notice — I’m not sure it’s defensible on appeal, and the law is pretty clear and narrow. Like it or not, it appears Charter Schools are here to stay so we should work with them for the sake of the children and the families who choose this option.”