Agape Christian Academy and its leaders will not be allowed to receive voucher money for 10 years,the state Department of Education ruled Friday in affirming an earlier decision to remove the troubled Pine Hills school from the programs — and putting the future of the campus in jeopardy.
Last August, the department banned the school from the state’s voucher, or scholarship, programs because of missed payments to a state-mandated assessment program. The scholarship programs pay for students from low-income families and those with disabilities to attend private school.
Despite saying initially the school had no right to appeal the decision, the department allowed Agape to make its case to a hearing offer on Jan. 5. An attorney for Agape acknowledged the school had made late payments but said the 10-year ban from the state programs was too harsh. He said the school was likely to close without the state money.