Charter school CEO out after flier on drugs at public school

AP News
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 10:27 AM

CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) — The CEO of a Pennsylvania charter school is resigning after a mailer promoting the school mentioned a 2015 drug arrest at a nearby public high school.

Loraine Petrillo says she had nothing to do with the mailer but is resigning in the wake of the controversy it has caused for the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School in Catasauqua. She's remaining on the job temporarily so the school can open as planned Sept. 6.

The school says the mailer wasn't authorized. It references the arrest last year of a 17-year-old Liberty High School student and says "Why worry about this type of student at school?"

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The charter school is investigating and plans litigation once it finds whoever paid for the mailer.