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BASIS Charter Schools Executive Director: Recent Expansion Plans Likely Not The Last

BASIS Charter School
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BASIS Chandler Primary North Campus.

The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools this week approved requests by BASIS Charter Schools to expand in Flagstaff and Mesa.

The unanimous vote came after some board members questioned school officials about requesting donations from parents to supplement teachers’ salaries and using Arizona tax money as collateral to finance out-of-state expansion.

The Show this week heard from Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic, who’s looked into BASIS.

DeAnna Rowe, BASIS Charter School’s executive director, also talked to The Show about the BASIS' plans.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.