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State approves new Primavera charter school

Posted: 2:00 PM, Dec 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-11 16:00:42-05
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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools has approved a new charter despite several questions surrounding it.

The Arizona Republic reports the board voted Monday to grant a charter to Valor Preparatory Academy LLC, a school owned by CEO Damian Creamer's Primavera Technical Learning Center.

Approval came in spite of concerns about the school's semi-online model, conflicts of interest in choosing a curriculum and ties to Creamer's corporate entities.

A Primavera spokesperson wrote in an email to The Arizona Republic that Creamer is not the school's main representative, and Valor Preparatory is legally independent of Primavera Online High School, which he founded in 2001. The spokesperson also says Creamer, after Valor Preparatory is founded, will not sit on its governing board or help operate the school.

Valor Preparatory was one of 10 new schools approved by the board Monday.