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Updated Aug 31, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright school’s future divides leaders

PHOENIX — The future of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has divided the institution named for the iconic designer. The quest to keep its accreditation status has some school board members concerned the degree program will end, while its foundation denied the school is in danger of closing.

The Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which operates the school, announced last week that it would not independently incorporate the school as a way to stay accredited. The Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission, which accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states, changed its bylaws two years ago to prohibit accreditation for schools that operate as divisions of a larger organization.

This undated image provided by Alan C. Spector via the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House in Tallahassee, Fla., one of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and constructed in 1954, Spring House is the only built private residence designed by Wright in Florida. Its novel "hemicycle" form is one of very few surviving homes that Wright designed in this style. Preservationists say weather and the ravages of time have deteriorated the building. (AP Photo/National Trust for Historic Preservation) This Nov. 28, 2007 file photo shows Fran Puleo, manager of community relations for Monona Terrace, in front of an Otis Redding memorial plaque on top of Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Monona Terrace convention center rests on the shores of that lake, where Otis Redding died in a plane crash in 1967. There's a tough-to-find memorial plaque there that only the most dedicated music fans seek out. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)


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