More like suicide reallly.
In a surprise move, the backers of the Ivy Charter School Monday evening withdrew their amended application before the Portland School Board had a chance to vote on it. Ivy School representatives claimed that the district imposed 120 student limit through grade 5 made the financial viability of the school problematic.
School board member Bobbie Regan suggested the application withdrawal disqualified the school from applying to the state Department of Education for charter approval. Jollee Paterson, the district's lawyer, agreed.
It appears then that the Ivy Charter School is dead.
The downside of the surprise development is that the public didn't get to hear the arguments, pro and con, by school board members on the potential "adverse effects" of the charter school on the district's neighborhood schools.
Not that I had any money on the outcome of the board's vote, but I was looking forward to the debate.
The other two charter schools (which really had no chance of approval) were unanimously rejected --again-- by the board.