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Capital Area School for the Arts charter approved

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The Harrisburg School Board approved Capital Area School for the Arts' charter school application during a special meeting Tuesday night. The board voted 7-2 to give the school the green light.

However, at a meeting last week, the board voted not to give the application the go-ahead.

According to board president Jennifer Smallwood, the school board basically has to approve a charter application if it meets state criteria, putting the cash-strapped district between a rock and a hard place.

"It is not something the school district sets forth," Smallwood said.

The about face following last Tuesday's decision, was simply miscommunication, according to Smallwood.

CASA will debut the charter school next school year. It is set to increase to 200 students, offering school for grades 9-12.

In a 9-0 vote, school officials opted not to grant STEAM or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, a charter, saying it didn't meet that state criteria.

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