The D.C. Public Charter School Board on Monday approved two new schools and rejected seven others, citing concerns such as inconsistent budgets and overly vague academic goals and curricula.
“We’re setting a tough, high bar,” said Chairman John H. “Skip” McKoy, speaking at the outset of the board’s evening meeting. “Running these schools is a really arduous task, and we’re getting a little bit better at spotting red lights — things that are signs to us that a proposal is not quite ready.”
The two schools that won approval — a Montessori elementary and an adult education program — are scheduled to open in fall 2014. Both successful applicants had been rejected in previous years and returned this year with stronger applications, board members said.
Academy of Hope is an existing nonprofit with a mission to help adults learn to read, earn general equivalency diplomas and build skills they need to get and keep a job. It operates two campuses in Wards 5 and 8 that rely largely on volunteer teachers and tutors. As a charter school, the academy will be able to hire full-time qualified teachers and use volunteers to bolster support services.