St. Petersburg, Florida -- A new St. Pete charter school is seeing a large number of its students leaving to go back to nearby under-performing traditional public schools.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the parents of nearly 70 students have decided to pull their kids from University Preparatory Academy citing concerns over bullying, missing textbooks and other issues. And students aren't the only ones leaving, four teachers and the school's curriculum director have also quit.
Students and staff leaving school isn't the only issue the school is dealing with. The paper also discovered that two months into the school year one of the key components of the school's application -- creating a local board to "advise" the governing board on setting policies, monitoring the budget and addressing parent and community concerns -- still does not exist.
Despite this disappointing start for the school and ongoing issues, the Times says there are still plans to move forward with University Prep's initial approval to open a school in Tampa next fall.
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