Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Idaho charter school for kids with autism on hold

Associated Press

HAYDEN -- The Idaho State Charter Commission has declined to approve a charter school in northern Idaho intended for children with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism.

The commission on Thursday asked members on the board of the EPIC Academy to return in May with more information and a better budget plan.

The proposed EPIC Academy in Hayden would be the first of its kind in the Coeur d'Alene area.

Backers hope to open it for the 2010-2011 school year in a house the group has acquired.

Danelle Baumgarten-Pickett, a parent helping to lead the effort, says the commission commended the group on what it was trying to do.