Pinellas school superintendent wants Scientology-tied charter school closed - 2012-03-01

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F7.png Pinellas school superintendent wants Scientology-tied charter school closed March 1, 2012, Drew Harwell, Tampa Bay Times

A memo by Pinellas County schools superintendent John Stewart urges the School Board to issue a 90-day notice of termination to Life Force and criticizes its budget, discipline system and leadership.

The school's curriculum, Stewart notes, was changed "without permission" from district officials. He adds that the school also has been operating under an unauthorized new name, the SMART Academy, since last month.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Sunday that Life Force administrators forced students to learn "study technology," a teaching methodology devised by the Church of Scientology's late founder, L. Ron Hubbard.


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