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State approves a new White Hat school in Akron

By John Published: March 7, 2012

The Ohio Department of Education has agreed to sponsor two new start-up charter schools operated by White Hat Management: a dropout prevention high school in Warrensville Heights and a new K-8 school in Akron called Signal Tree Academy East.

ODE spokesman Patrick Gallaway said the state approved White Hat's applications on Feb. 21 after White Hat agreed to make changes assuring that the schools would have independent school boards. However, ODE rejected applications for four other state-sponsored schools.

"Two schools were approved on the understanding that they were making changes to their governance structure for a truly independent and self-sustaining governing authority," Gallaway said. "The others they left with the proposed structure which the office of school sponsorship did not agree with."

State Impact Ohio notes that White Hat was the only applicant for new schools sponsored by ODE,  which gained authority to sponsor charter schools under Kasich's two-year budget.

Education Week has a story here with a photo of David Brennan standing in front of his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron.



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