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I'm listening into a special phone meeting of the Washington State Charter Commission. The top agenda item is First Place Scholars charter school.
The Commission is giving First Place until June 15, 2015 to finish corrections that the Commission needed to see to keep First Place as a charter school. It is quite a lengthy list of items. (This comes from a 5-2 vote of the Charter Commission whether to give FPS these corrections conditions (5) or not (2). It's not clear to me whether the two Commissioners who voted against the corrective conditions want to revoke FPS' charter.)
This is a draft that the Commission is wordsmithing today.
- Lack of special education services as required by law including a lack of fidelity, and capacity, to implement the school’s general and compensatory services special education plans;
- Lack of evidence that First Place has satisfied legal requirements for serving English language learners (ELL), including a lack of an ELL programmatic plan and evidence that required assessments and services have been provided to students; and
- The financial viability of the school.
Let the Commission know that any charter school needs at least two years to demonstrate the school can be governed and operated with positive outcomes.
They also note:
- The Superintendent of Public Instruction has approved the Special Education Plan and First Place Scholars has had a Special Education teacher on staff since January.
- The U.S. Department of Education came for a two day site visit with three evaluators and found that First Place Scholars and released $200,000 in start up funds for charter schools educating special needs students.