Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Spaziano in-district charter application moves forward; King's moves...sideways?

News about the district charter school initiative, from the 11/21 edition of the ProJo (story here):
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The teachers at Frank D. Spaziano Elementary School have overwhelming approved going forward with an application to become a district charter school.
The faculty voted 35 to 1 Thursday to pursue its application with the Rhode Island Department of Education. The teachers at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School voted against applying for charter status last week. 
This is a new effort by Supt. Susan Lusi. A district charter would have more freedom over schedules and the length of the school day, but its teachers would remain in the union and the district would control its curriculum. 
Nine schools originally expressed interest in becoming charters but the tight deadlines made it difficult for schools to complete the application process. They may apply next year.
Though teachers at King (where my kids attend, but from which I have little news to report directly) did not vote in sufficient numbers to carry its in-district charter application forward, last night's school board agenda (accessible here: http://www.providenceschools.org/pesb/) reveals that there was an action related to a charter application that King's current principal, Derrick Ciesla, is proposing. I was not at the school board so can't report on what it is and what transpired. If any readers have more info, I'd be glad to share it, and when I learn more, I'll do the same.

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