HOT BLAST: Going big on charter schools
Jul 17, 2013 | 1413 views |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Remember charter schools? Back in 2012, they were the big idea for reforming Alabama's public schools. Then suddenly they weren't as lawmakers ran from the issue as fast as their little legs could take them.

In theory at least, Alabama public school districts could create charter schools under the flexibility options of 2013's Alabama Accountability Act. (Last week Calhoun County Schools became the first district in the state to have its opt-outs of state laws approved by the state Board of Education. Per the article in The Star, "The biggest components of the plan include opt-out options that mean students can waiver parts of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam if they pass equivalent course exams at the end of the semester. The guidelines also allow students to take more than 10 credit hours a year in order to graduate earlier.")

But we digress. Back to charters.

The Washington Post reports this morning that one Virginia school district is looking seriously at going full-bore on charters.

Charter schools are poised to gain a much larger foothold in Virginia thanks to a plan under consideration by the Norfolk school board to transform 10 traditional public schools into charter schools over the next year.

Norfolk Superintendent Samuel King proposed his “Transformation Initiative” this spring as part of a broader plan to reform the schools district wide. His proposal would triple the number of charter schools currently operating in the state. (Virginia is home to five charter schools now, including one scheduled to open in the fall.)

We'll be watching to see if any districts in Alabama are considering something similar. 

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