Selected readings on US charter schools
The Connecticut State Department of Education has issued its latest request for proposals to create new charter schools in the state.
As detailed in the request, the state’s budget contains funds for two new charter schools this year. The department is specifically requesting applications that “will result in the reduction of racial, ethnic, and/or economic isolation.”
Education advocates in Connecticut, among them Jeremiah Grace of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, hailed the RFP as an opportunity.
“We are thrilled to have another opportunity to expand our public charter school community and give more children the opportunity to go to a great school,” Grace said. “We look forward to working with parents, teachers, community leaders and non-profits from across the state as they develop proposals to open more great public charter schools.”
The last time the state asked for charter applicants to issue proposals, seven individuals and organizations stepped to the fore, among them Rev. Eldren Morrison, Pastor of New Haven’s Varick Memorial AME Zion Church.
Morrison ultimately decided to wait, announcing his intention of re-applying in the fall, but the process did result in the state’s first new charter school in five years, Waterbury’s Brass City Charter School.
At the same time, the state also approved Path Academy’s proposal for a new charter school in Windham, slated to open next year,
In addition, the state gave a nod to the only local charter school, Elm City Montessori in New Haven.
Source: CT Ed News