A group of Montgomery County parents and education advocates poured hundreds of hours into a 350-page application for a charter school. Their dream: Global Garden Public Charter School, a primary and middle school with fewer than 420 students and an emphasis on foreign languages. The students would be a mix of the county's ethnic groups and economic levels...
...Joseph Hawkins was the president of a group that formed in the late 1990s to submit one of the county's first charter school applications. Plans for Jaime Escalante Public Charter School were denied twice. Hawkins now sits on the Global Garden board.
"Montgomery County has always said the right things, like, 'We support charter schools,' 'We would approve a charter school if the right one came along,' " Hawkins said. "Okay, then give us some clues to what the right ones are."
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