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Pitbull considering opening SLAM charter school in Baltimore

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/23/2017
FILE - In this June 15, 2017 file photo, Pitbull performs after his accepting the Global Ambassador Award at the 48th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala in New York. The rapper says on Wednesday, June 21, an application for opening SLAM Academy will be submitted soon, and the school could open by September 2018.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 15, 2017 file photo, Pitbull performs after his accepting the Global Ambassador Award at the 48th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala in New York. The rapper says on Wednesday, June 21, an application for opening SLAM Academy will be submitted soon, and the school could open by September 2018.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The rapper Pitbull may open a charter school in Baltimore.

WBFF-TV reported on Wednesday the rapper says an application for opening SLAM Academy will be submitted soon, and the school could open by September 2018.

Sports Leadership & Management (SLAM) schools exist nationwide, including in Miami and Atlanta , with a 96 percent graduation rate.

Armando Christian Perez, known worldwide as Pitbull, says he thinks Baltimore is one city that needs SLAM the most.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who's supported expanding charters in districts like Baltimore City Public Schools, says some charter schools have proven to create success stories where the public school system has failed.

Hogan says he's a Pitbull fan and "we're happy to have the opportunity to take a look at them opening a charter school in Maryland."

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Information from: WBFF-TV, http://www.foxbaltimore.com/baltimore_md/

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