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Charters appeal to a growing number of families

on Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:35

Janet Nace, principal of Pikes Peak Prep in Colorado Springs, starts her day at 6:30 a.m. But she isn't just rolling out of bed at that time — the school is already bustling with students.

At PPP, a K-12 public charter school with 319 students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year, students play educational games, work on homework and eat breakfast in the early morning hours before starting their school day in a two-atrium schoolhouse and several modulars that house their high school students.

Efficiency, longer class days and school years, and a focus on maximizing student learning resources are part of the environment teachers tailor to meet their students' needs.

"One of our cornerstones is individualized learning," Nace says. "We focus on teaching the whole child in a holistic way."

A plan for new management at an otherwise doomed Baton Rouge charter school won easy approval Tuesday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The school that was in jeopardy, Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City, appeared done in December when BESE voted to close the school amid dismal student performance.
The school, which serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade, has never scored above an F in the state's annual public school ratings.

But leaders of GEO Prep Academy, a C-rated charter school, successfully proposed taking over Baton Rouge Charter Academy starting with the fall of 2017.  GEO Prep is an open enrollment operation and 98 percent of its roughly 250 students come from poor homes, according to state documents.

Baton Rouge charter school gets new life

on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:38

BY WILL SENTELL | wsentell@theadvocate.com

A plan for new management at an otherwise doomed Baton Rouge charter school won easy approval Tuesday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The school in jeopardy, Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City, appeared done in December when BESE voted to close the school amid dismal student performance.

Doing Dual Credit Right

on Friday, 14 April 2017 13:42

APRIL 13, 2017 BY JOANNE
Original Article

Schools are cheating their students by offering “dual-credit lite,” charges Kevin Teasley, founder of the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation in Indianapolis, on Flypaper.

Rescue in Works for BR Charter Academy

on Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:07

Rescue in works for BR Charter Academy
BY CHARLES LUSSIER

clussier@theadvocate.com

An Indianapolis-based charter school group that runs an elementary school in Baton Rouge is coming to the rescue of a larger but lower-performing charter school in town that, unless something changes soon, will close in May.  The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education isscheduled to consider a proposal at its Tuesday meeting from GEO Prep Academy to take over Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City.

21st Century's Johnell Davis

on Friday, 07 April 2017 22:35

GARY — Rodney Williams and Ricky Haskins were talking about the starting lineup for their 21st Century boys basketball team right before sectionals began a couple weeks ago.
The subject of freshman guard Johnell Davis — a fresh-faced 15-year-old — came up. Haskins, an assistant coach, brought up the idea of not starting the lad and bringing him off the bench with all the looming postseason pressure.

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