Selected readings on US charter schools
This week marks the return to school for thousands of Minnesota kids. It also marks a milestone for CSP’s New Schools Initiative where six new charters serving families from the Twin Cities urban core are opening their doors. We believe this new generation of high-impact schools that incorporates innovation with a focus on high-academic achievement through individualize learning for each student will serve as examples for all public schools — district and charter — that closing the achievement gap is possible.
The new schools include CSP’s first fellowship schools – ARCH Academy led by Angela Mansfield and West Side Summit led by Matthew Bannon as well as Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop, where CSP Fellow Daniela Vasan will serve as the new school’s elementary principal. HLA-Northrop is a replication school of the highly regarded Hiawatha Academies. Three additional schools — Upper Mississippi Academy, Venture Academy and Prodeo Academy have also opened.
All six schools are CSP Partner Schools and all received a $250,000 start-up grant from the Walton Family Foundation. Five of the six schools also received CSP (Charter School Programs) federal start-up dollars. Only two other charter schools are opening in Minnesota this year, both of them are out-state (Vermilion Country School and West Concord Public Charter School).
In 2012, CSP, through its Charter Start Initiative or via the Walton Family Foundation, supported the opening of four new schools including Minneapolis College Prep, Hennepin Elementary School, Hiawatha Academies’ Adelante Prep (expansion of Hiawatha Academies) and Mastery School, a spin-off of the Harvest Prep Academy network of schools.
Congratulations to all school leaders, teachers, board members and supporters for your remarkable work in launching these new schools that hold great promise to create more equitable educational opportunities for students from every community, including historically under-served communities in the Twin Cities.
Source: Charter School Partners Blog