City school board denies new charter applications

Baltimore Schools czar Andres Alonso

Andres Alonso

The Baltimore Sun’s Erica Green reports that all six charter schools that had applied to open in the next two school years were rejected yesterday, after the city school board affirmed CEO Andres Alonso’s decision that the schools plans were insufficient to present a compelling reason for charter.

The school proposals, which can be viewed here, were presented to the school board on Oct. 11, with organizations making their pitch to offer a variety of programs next school year–including the first all-female elementary school for girls, a new STEM Academy, and a college-preparatory school with an arts curriculum–and a military academy in 2013. Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School failed in its second attempt to convince Alonso and the board that converting to charter status would improve the school’s ability to raise achievement.

A seventh school, Green Street Academy, which currently operates as a transformation school (6-12 school with specialized curriculum) withdrew its application to convert to a charter next year.

Alonso said that he made his recommendations based on the recommendations he received from  the district’s Charter Schools Advisory Board. The board did not recommend any of the schools for approval, Alonso said.


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