Friday, December 2, 2011

Starr: "I’m not sure where an IB charter would necessarily fit.”

Patch:  IB Looks at County Schools and Toward the Future
...IB and charters 
Still, a recent attempt to expand IB's reach in the county met resistance from the school system.
Early last year the county school board rejected an application to open a public charter school in the Kensington/Wheaton area that would offer an IB Primary Years curriculum to students in kindergarten through eighth-grade.
In September, the state school board found that the county board acted fairly when, earlier this year, it rejected Global Garden Public Charter School’s application for a second time, The Gazette reported.
The matter remains in litigation.
Starr was not yet superintendent when the application came before the board and said he couldn’t speak to specifics of the case.
“I’m certainly not opposed to charter schools, nor do I think they’re a panacea,” he said. “They need to add value to our current [school] choice portfolio. So if we’re already able to do IB within our public schools and we have that choice, I’m not sure where an IB charter would necessarily fit.”
The county school system has “a straightforward process for applying for a charter,” he said.
“But it’s a high standard that we have for our charters because we have a high standard for ourselves. And you’ve got to be able to meet that.”

1 comment:

  1. i'm not sure i understand the "choice" he keeps talking about. i don't have the choice to enroll my children at college gardens elementary so they can be in the early years IB program because you have to live in that school zone to be in it. there is NO choice within MCPS.

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