A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence

The Escambia County School Board could vote Tuesday to close A.A. Dixon Charter School of Excellence after this semester.

The charter school, in its second year, is bogged down with financial and academic issues.

At the end of its first year, Dixon was $100,000 in debt, and it received a school grade of F from the state, based on student performance on standardized tests.

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas will recommend the board vote to close the school after 90 days. He also recommends that the board rejects Dixon's current corrective action plan, unless its charter board submits an updated one that includes some things that are missing.

"It does not necessarily mean it's all over, but it does mean we have sent a clear warning to this school," Thomas said during a workshop Friday. "We have been deliberate and we've been patient."...

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