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Charter School Management Company White Hat Developing New School Model

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Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

The Akron Beacon Journal's John Higgins reports that Akron-based charter school management company White Hat Management is developing a new type of charter school. The new model, called "Act Academy," will be a K-8 school focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics:

“It’s a combination of a STEM school, a Montessori school and a project-based learning school all rolled together,” said White Hat CEO Tom Barrett. Barrett said he originally planned to open Act Academy in Cleveland, but couldn’t find a location. Now he’s looking at potential sites in Akron for both schools.

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White Hat is one of Ohio's largest charter school operators. Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Education approved its applications to open two new schools under state sponsorship.

White Hat is currently being sued by the governing boards of some of the charter schools it operates. The boards are seeking access to financial information about the schools.

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