BRADENTON -- Cortez High School, which applied to be a charter school in the Manatee County School District, has withdrawn its application after a state body agreed with the Manatee County School Board's denial.
Officials with the proposed charter school appealed to the Florida Charter Review Appeal Commission after the school board denied its application. The appeal commission agreed with the district decision to deny the application in early December.
At that point, charter officials could withdraw the application and end the process or ask for a final decision from the Florida Department of Education. On Wednesday, the district announced Cortez had withdrawn its application.
The charter was to be run by the nonprofit Tampa Bay Education Organization Inc., according to its application. Newpoint Education Partners LLC would have provided education services, accord
ing to the application. Newpoint has offices in Clearwater and Akron, Ohio.
The company runs 14 schools in Florida, according to its website. The application said officials expected to enroll 300 students in grades nine through 12 in the charter's first year.
The charter application did not meet the standards in 14 of 19 categories, according to the district score sheet.
David Stiles, the contact listed on the Cortez application, did not return requests for comment.
The school board denied the charter application Sept. 23 and the appeal commission upheld the denial Dec. 15.
The district did not recommend the school board approve any of five charter applications this year. Last year, the district approved just one charter application -- a conversion charter application from Rowlett Elementary School. Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication opened in the fall.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.