Career Connections school appeal to be heard today

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An appeal by Career Connections Charter School in Lawrenceville to the State Charter Appeal Board will be heard today in Harrisburg, but appeals filed by two other local charter organizations are not on the agenda.

The board of the Pittsburgh Public Schools voted in March 2012 against renewing the charter for Career Connections, which opened in 1999 with grades 9-12. The board voted again against the renewal in August 2012 after conducting a hearing.

While the board will hear the case today, a written decision won't be made until a later date. Career Connections can continue to operate until the appeal board acts and if the board rules against the school, it can appeal to Commonwealth Court.

The other pending appeals that aren't on today's agenda are one by Propel Schools, which filed an application to the appeal board in late January after the city school board voted 4-4 on it application to open a K-8 school in Hazelwood, and an appeal filed by the organizers of the Duquesne charter school, who had hoped to open a K-6 charter school in Duquesne this fall.

The Duquesne issue ended up before the appeal board because the state board of control that operated the Duquesne district never acted upon the charter application before it dissolved in November.

The next meeting of the appeal board is Sept. 24.

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