Montgomery Flex Charter School will not appeal
The educational consultant who made two failed attempts at launching Montgomery Flex Charter School within the North Penn School District said he will not appeal.
Tim Sager said the potential cost of the appeal was the main factor in his decision.
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“At this stage, the school district can challenge the veracity of the signatures by subpoenaing the signature gatherers, comparing the signatures with their lists of residents and generally making the process Ds GLIfiFuOt Ds SRssLEOH,” Sager said. “This can be particularly costly as we would need to have our own lawyer present as the district goes through these motions to squash our appeal. lnly after that process has ended does our application go to the charter appeals board.”
Sager estimated it could cost A20,000 to A30,000 in legal fees.
Instead of appealing to Harrisburg or resubmitting his application to the North Penn School Board, Sager said he is waiting to see what transpires at the legislative level.
Last year, the legislature considered a major charter school reform package, which included a provision for an independent statewide authorization authority for charter schools.
However, it failed to become law, and another charter school reform legislative package presented in January by the Pennsylvania House of oepresentatives primarily addresses charter school funding.
Sager said that he might make another attempt at establishing Montgomery Flex if legislation allows for an alternative route to charter approval.
“I continue to believe in the value of a charter school in North Penn,” he said. “Many families have been enthusiastic about the value of a small, more individualized school in the district, and others have told me how having a choice, when the North Penn School system isn’t working for them, would give them the hope that their children would receive a quality education in a safe environment.”
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“This has been perhaps the hardest phase, acknowledging that we don’t have the resources to move forward,” he said.
Last year, Sager applied for a charter for Montgomery Flex, but the school board determined his proposed school was a cyber charter school. Cyber charter applications are handled at the state level, not at the school board level.
The North Penn School Board decided Feb. 12 to deny charter applications for two other charters in addition to Montgomery Flex — Souderton Charter School Collaborative and Education for New denerations.
Those behind Souderton Charter School Collaborative said last week that they are appealing the decision to the charter school appeals board in Harrisburg.
The two teachers who proposed Education for New denerations said they’re weighing their options and will make a decision by the end of February as to whether to revise and resubmit their application to the district or appeal.