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.