Carrboro school, state board reach charter renewal agreement - WRBL

Carrboro school, state board reach charter renewal agreement

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CARRBORO, N.C. -

Partnership Achieving Community Education Academy in Carrboro reached a mutual settlement with the State Board of Education to renew its charter status for three years.

In light of the Settlement, PACE has agreed to dismiss the case it filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings.

PACE Academy was co-founded 10 years ago by Rhonda Franklin, who stated earlier this year that she started the school with the hopes of serving the disadvantaged community.

More than 50 percent of the student population at PACE Academy has a learning disability, including autism or Down syndrome.

But the test scores at PACE Academy have not been meeting state standards. So in early February, the State Board of Education voted not to renew PACE Academy's charter.

The school quickly responded by creating a website making a public plea to save the students and filed an appeal.

On Friday, the school announced that an agreement had been met for a three year charter renewal.

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