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For my story on the money spent so far on the downtown library, I tried to get some more details on the whole idea of putting a charter school on two floors of the library.

Mayoral spokeswoman Rachel Laing referred questions about the specifics of the plan to the school district. Schools spokesman Bernie Rhinerson didn’t return a call for comment Thursday.

However, I did put in a call to Larry Rosenstock, the CEO and founding principal of High Tech High, to see if he had heard anything about it.

Rosenstock said someone — he wouldn’t say who — e-mailed him a few months back about the idea of a charter school in the downtown library.

“I said we’re open to it,” Rosenstock said. “We’re turning away thousands of kids. We’re very interested in doing a school at a downtown location.”

But Rosenstock said he made clear that if a High Tech High campus was located in the library, High Tech High leaders — not the school district — would have to be in control.

Rosenstock said he never heard back after that.


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