The question is not whether we can afford to invest in every child; it is whether we can afford not to.
— -Marian wright edelman
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Frequently asked questions

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS?

  • Conversion Charter schools have the autonomy to make impactful decisions focused on the needs of the individual school.

  • There is contractual accountability to the school system to meet standards of improvement.

  • These schools will have the ability to implement extended learning times, longer calendars and  increased teacher professional development.

  • Each school has its own board consisting of school parents, community members and professionals focusing on the specific needs of their school.

  • Charters schools are public schools. They are not private and cannot charge tuition.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT MPS BUDGET?

  • Funding from MPS should be the same tomorrow as it is today (no more and no less from the system).

  • Funding currently allocated for transportation, food services, building maintenance, etc will remain consistent for conversion schools.

  • Our model is one that is committed to show that students can excel with similar resources.

  • MPS funding remains consistent with current per student funding requirements.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CURRENT STUDENTS?

  • The same students zoned to these schools today are zoned to these schools tomorrow.

  • The only admissions requirement is that you are a resident within the geographic zone of that school. No testing in or auditions.

  • A culture of high expectations, positive behavioral support and increased academic rigor.

  • Busing and transportation from MPS will continue to be provided.

  • The same services provided to students with special needs are required by law to be provided in the conversion schools.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR TEACHERS/STAFF?

  • Many exceptional teachers and staff are already at these schools. Our open interview process begins with those who are already in the building.

  • Our model requires that existing teacher benefits, health insurance and retirement benefits remain with the exception of tenure.

  • In our conversion model, teachers receive up to four times as many devoted hours to professional development.

Resources

Alabama State Department of Education

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