Thursday, September 17, 2009

Beacon Hill to consider allowing more charter schools

The state legislature is considering a bill today that would double the cap on charter school in the lowest-performing school districts, according to a piece written by Gov. Deval Patrick and published in the Boston Globe.

“Only charter school operators with successful track records will be allowed to open or expand charter schools in these districts, and they must make meaningful efforts to attract, enroll, and retain low-income students, students scoring sub-proficient on the MCAS, English Language Learners, special-education students, students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out, and other students who are on the short end of our achievement gaps,” Patrick writes.

In addition, the legislature will also consider a bill on Readiness Schools, which will convert low-performing schools into what sound like in-district charter schools. Boston has already received a $36,376 state grant to convert two high schools to “Advantage” Readiness Schools in which school faculty and leadership are mainly responsible for creating the “innovation plan” and performance contract and create a new grade 6-12 “Advantage” school.

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