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Ardmore charter school backers fail again

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- In September, we told you about a possibility of a new public charter school coming to Ardmore.

But the Ardmore City Schools board voted unanimously to reject the application for Ardmore Community Academy.

On Thursday evening, supporters of that charter school appealed the decision at the Ardmore High School cafeteria, but they did not get the answer they were seeking.

Once again, the vote was unanimous to reject ACA's proposal.

"Following the first meeting, we had the opportunity to make revisions based on the areas in which they objected," ACA founder Brett Stidham said.

The school board said the original charter school proposal was denied because of a lack of planning in some areas. Stidham said he was disappointed by the process, but now asserts he has a better plan in place, including added detail on issues like special education care and a more comprehensive curriculum.

Stidham had hoped that an approval from the Ardmore school board would enable Ardmore Community Academy to open by this fall, but he was prepared for rejection. Thus, the next step:

"We would have a period of appeal to the state board, and then the state board would have their meeting and make their decision," Stidham said. 

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