(BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — " The state education board has granted tentative approval to a plan to establish a charter school in Baton Rouge that would serve students with dyslexia.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/UIo3RS) the decision by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education overrides the recommendation of a national evaluation group.
The proposed school — called Louisiana Key Academy — would serve students afflicted with the condition, which impairs the ability to read.
Laura Cassidy, wife of U.S. Rep. William Cassidy, R-La., is president of its board.
A team of experts from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, which the state uses to review applications, said the proposal should be rejected because of leadership questions.
Approval of the school's application is contingent on finding a leader that meets state requirements by February.
Cassidy said she was pleased by BESE's vote.
"We are confident we will find a principal," she said, adding that officials are being helped by a Houston group.
The school plans to open for the 2013-14 school year near the LSU campus."