Pittsburgh Public Schools staff recommends granting charter to Hill House Passport Academy Charter School

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The staff of Pittsburgh Public Schools has recommended granting a five-year charter to the proposed Hill House Passport Academy Charter School in the Hill District.

The board, which reviewed its agenda tonight, is scheduled to vote June 26 on the academy's resubmitted application.

In February, the board tabled action on the application for the school to be located in a Bedford Avenue building owned by the Hill House. In its initial proposal, the school was aimed at serving dropouts in grades 9-12 through a blended program of in-person classes half of the day and online instruction on laptops the rest of the day.

A charter school is a public school operated by its own board but chartered by a school district. Students do not pay tuition, but the home district pays a fee set by the state.

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Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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