Local charter school closes; U.S. Congress pushes for more funding

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TALLAHASSEE (WTXL) -- Capital City High School provides education for underserved area students but will be closing at the end of the year.  The school board released a statement today saying, "Contractual constraints between the school board and Leon County have made it impossible to continue our services.” 

Capital City high school will have their final graduation on May 31st.  We reached out to school and board leaders, but they declined to comment.

The closure comes as U.S. Congressman Steve Southerland of Florida is pushing for more funding for charter schools. Southerland is calling on the Senate to approve HR 10, the “Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act.”

The act calls for $300 million of new funds to be given to charter schools annually between 2015 and 2020.  The funding would be used to maintain and expand existing charter schools, as well as create new ones across the country.

Southerland released a statement in support of the bill, saying in part, "The best way to open doors for our young people is to strengthen public education and pursue proven alternatives like charter schools at the same time."