Local Activist Group to Protest Charter School Before Board Vote

A local education activist group plans to protest outside of Sarasota County Schools’ administrative headquarters Tuesday afternoon in advance of a school board vote on a charter school applicant with ties to a controversial academic service provider.

The group, Protect Our Public Schools, sent an email to their members Sunday asking them to gather for a “Vote No on Pinecrest” rally before Tuesday’s board meeting.

Board members are set to vote Tuesday on Pinecrest Academy Gulf Coast, a proposed K-8 charter school in the Palmer Ranch area managed by Miami-based nonprofit Pinecrest Academy Inc. and assisted by academic service provider Academica.

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