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Press Release Regarding the Charter Revocation of South Carolina Calvert Academy

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2017
Taylor Fulcher, Director of Communications

South Carolina Public Charter School District Board of Trustees revokes South Carolina Calvert Academy’s Charter

Columbia, South Carolina—During the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) February 9, 2017 meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously denied the request made by the South Carolina Calvert Academy to continue in operation after the close of the 2016-2017 school year.

On December 9, 2016, after recommendations made by the SCPCSD staff, the SCPCSD Board of Trustees voted to revoke the charter of South Carolina Calvert Academy. The Board of Trustees found Calvert Academy had failed to meet academic standards and were not in compliance with charter expectations.

South Carolina Calvert Academy requested and received a hearing to present their case to the Board of Trustees on February 9, 2017. South Carolina Calvert Academy & SCPCSD were both given an opportunity to present evidence and the SCPCSD Board voted to affirm its decision to revoke. The decision was made final after thoughtful consideration, a careful process, and a thorough evaluation of South Carolina Calvert Academy that demonstrated poor academic results over multiple years. After weighing the facts, the SCPCSD Board of Trustees made the decision to close South Carolina Calvert Academy in the best interest of students and its families. South Carolina Calvert Academy will remain open until the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

South Carolina Calvert Academy, a virtual public elementary and middle school was founded in 2008 by charter planning committee chair, Randy Wilgis. South Carolina Calvert Academy’s mission states it “dedicates itself to inspiring students to academic excellence in a dynamic distance education program that empowers students to succeed”. As of February 2017, South Carolina Calvert Academy has a current enrollment of 205 students.

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools. In exchange for certain freedoms, such as the ability to develop their own curriculum and establishing their own standards for student behavior, charter schools must continuously demonstrate that they have earned the right to continue the great privilege of educating the children of South Carolina.

This school year, the South Carolina Public Charter School District oversees 35 public charter schools serving approximately 22,000 students across the state.