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Updated: 06/11/2014 09:06:05AM

NAACP: Accept all kids in schools

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David Smith, president of the Lake Wales NAACP, in Washington, D.C. for the March for Rights Anniversary last year.

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Lake Wales Charter School Superintendent Jesse Jackson would like the Charter to acquire the 1919 School building on East Seminole Avenue, for the purpose of building the second Bok Academy in Lake Wales. He brought his proposal before the Lake Wales City Commission recently, and commissioners agreed to have "further discussion," with a careful look at what the community wants, before making any decisions.

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David Smith, president of the Lake Wales NAACP, in Washington, D.C. for the March. This was his first time in Washington, he said.

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David Smith, president of the Lake Wales Branch of the NAACP and Shandale Terrell, Administrative Assistant at Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland.


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Lake Wales Charter Schools Superintendent Jesse Jackson has approached the Lake Wales City Council Commissioners asking for their consideration of the charter schools use of the Hardman Building, or former Lake Wales High School, for a new middle school.

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The Lake Wales NAACP put the Lake Wales Charter Schools on notice that it cannot support the charter schools’ new middle school request because the school system chooses which students get to go to charter schools, unlike public schools, which accept all students.

“I wanted to put them on notice that as an organization, the NAACP couldn’t support the charter school district,” said David Smith, NAACP president, referring to his statement at a Lake Wales City Council meeting recently where the charter schools placed a request with the city for property for a second middle school.

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