Pull Little Rock school's charter, authorizing panel urges

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Contracts signed by both Gestalt Community Schools and KIPP contain no penalties for exiting the Achievement School District before agreements run out, according to documents obtained by Chalkbeat. "The laws are more forward-looking than backward-looking when things might blow up".

A total of 50.896 percent of students scored at proficient this past spring on state tests, up from 42.986 percent of students in 2015, according to information provided by the charter school.

An Arkansas Department of Education panel voted Wednesday to revoke the charter issued to Covenant Keepers College Preparatory School because of governance, financial and academic problems. Funding helps keep students in their seats, offering students more seats. The paperwork detailed how enrollment lotteries should be conducted if space remained after locally zoned students had registered.

A town meeting on the budget will be scheduled for the first week in May.

The school says it's being treated unfairly.


After the vote, parents stood outside the school board headquarters.

Reading from the bill, Ratliff noted, "The school district can deny the petition and there is no recourse because that has been taken out". They also highlight the gaps in understanding by all parties of how the decreasing student population in Memphis would affect the ASD's work.

School Superintendent Stephen Nuckols reported to the panel that Sarah Gober, the school's former chief executive, is continuing to provide special-education services to students, which she started earlier this calendar year.

Finance Chairman Wes Marsh said in the face of the $2.6 million "hole" in revenue, this year's budget process was especially tough. She said the ASD should have been clear about expectations.

Cries of "shame", grunts of disapproval and several sobs from parents, students and parents representing the International Academy of Smyrna followed the school board's decision to close the school.


School objective taxes are due to rise by $197 at the average home assessment of $821,771.

"This is the result of many hours of work by the District Educational Improvement Council, and we want to thank them", said Kim Caddell, director of research, assessment and accountability. He said his recommendation to not extend the school's charter does not mean he is anti-school choice. Smith said commissioners don't plan to raise taxes, but he said they understand the need.

"Even though it wasn't Cobb's job, we provided as much support as we could", he said. Chastain said the district can not provide more support unless the school were under its jurisdiction, which it is not.

Garland ISD's plan will allow the district to start the school year earlier than the state-mandated fourth Monday in August, which will then enable better balances semester lengths. In wresting control of them from their local district, the ASD and its operators promised to bring innovation and breathe new life into those schools and neighborhoods.


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