Academy proposal might be dead, agenda says

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – A proposed new school in Champaign might not happen after all.

The Unit 4 board is planning to deny the plan for North Champaign Academy, according to The News-Gazette. The paper says it learned about the move from the board meeting agenda for Wednesday.

The new academy was meant to help students from low-income families and who have poor grades improve, but the newspaper says Unit 4 schools found project backers couldn’t answer their questions as well as they needed to for approval. District notes also say the academy plan didn’t meet charter school law standards.

Project members gave the school board a 20-plus page report answering Unit 4 questions about the academy proposal.

The North Champaign Academy would only be for kindergarten through fifth grade students. It was expected to be build in the 1400 block of West Anthony Drive.

The school board vote is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting.

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