Thursday, July 20, 2017

Still a Sow’s Ear — Isthmus Montessori Academy Contract | AMPS

Still a Sow’s Ear — Isthmus Montessori Academy Contract | AMPS:

Still a Sow’s Ear — Isthmus Montessori Academy Contract 

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On Monday July 31, 2017, The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education will consider and vote on a contact for an Isthmus Montessori Academy Charter School (IMACS).  This will be the third time the Board has voted on a version of this proposal.  The previous two times the Board and the Administration agreed that the proposal did not meet the requirements of the MMSD Charter School policy (related concerns about state statutes were also expressed by some Board Members).  Each time, a majority of the Board voted to advance the proposal in order to provide opportunities to address the shortcomings (I voted no each time).  Among the questions before the Board on July 31 is whether this has been accomplished; whether sow’s ear has been transformed into a silk purse.  I think it is still a sow’s ear.
In this post I detail how I reached that conclusion by looking at three big areas: charging tuition to place students in public school classrooms; a staffing plan that does meet Association Montessori International standards (and perhaps violates state Administrative Rules; and most importantly, will not serve students well), and a budget that is not sustainable.   These overlap with, but are not identical to the areas where the Administration and the Board previously concluded that the proposal did not meet expectations.  It should also be noted Still a Sow’s Ear — Isthmus Montessori Academy Contract | AMPS:

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