SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- In its first stand against a new charter school since the passage of more charter-friendly laws, the state school board has denied a request to waive a state requirement on coursework.
The state on Friday went against the charter board's recommendation to allow Lindon-based Timpanogos Academy flexibility to cover a seventh-grade requirement for a course in technology, life and career choices. The school had argued it was too thinly staffed to meet the requirement.
However, the board said it would reconsider if the school shows that the course material will be covered elsewhere.
Dave Moss, a member of both boards, said the school board is bound to be uncomfortable with charter requests because they depart from traditional ways of delivering public education.
Charter schools are public schools funded by tax dollars. They are empowered to use innovative teaching methods, but they must adhere to most of the same financial and educational standards as other public schools.
More than 6,000 students are expected to attend Utah's 27 charters this year.
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