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Applications due this week for Longwood’s Community Education Building

August 27, 2012

Is the CEB rushing to beat charter reform?

Applications for charters who wish to move into the CEB next fall were released to the public at the beginning of August and are now due this week, allowing fewer than 30 days to complete. CEB says it will accept only one or two charters for next fall. Final decisions will be made by October.

Charters selected by CEB will still have to submit applications to the state by December to approve or modify their charter, after which public hearings will be scheduled and the State Board of Education will deliberate to approve or disapprove the modification, typically by sometime in April or May.

Apparently only current charters will be able to move in next fall. CEB President Riccardo Stoeckicht says:

Under the state’s regulations, only charter schools that are already operating or are approved to open next year could move into the building in the fall of 2013, Stoeckicht said.

Simultaneously, the Governor’s working group on charter reform will be meeting through December when it will deliver its recommendations, which probably won’t be acted on until late spring at the earliest.

So it is very likely the first two existing charters will be approved by the SBE under the current charter law rather than any reformed charter law. Even though CEB has engaged a third party to promote independence in the selection process, given the short timeline it’s easy to wonder if there has been some pre-discussion with certain charters.

I keep hearing charters are public schools. So why is the selection process private? The public certainly has a strong interest in deciding what kinds of schools it wants or doesn’t want in the building. When the state board hearings come for the selected CEB charters, I’d certainly like to know who the other applicants were and why they were rejected.

(thanks to Larry Nagengast of wdde.org for his indispensible reporting on these topics)

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  1. Coolspringer
    August 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been very impressed with Larry Nagengast as well!! I am a fan.

    I am also wondering – I had heard that nonprofits could apply for space as part of enhanced/wraparound services being provided at the CEB…I admit I am asking this without checking their website (faux pas!) But I guess that process hasn’t opened yet?

  2. August 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Coolspringer… The application process for wraparound orgs is not as well defined. There is some info in the FAQ, but I suggest you contact them as soon as possible.

  3. John Young
    August 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I keep hearing charters are public schools. So why is the selection process private? The public certainly has a strong interest in deciding what kinds of schools it wants or doesn’t want in the building. When the SBE state board hearings come for the selected CEB charters, I’d certainly like to know who the other applicants were and why they were rejected.

    Mike, you’re applying common sense again. Please, stop.

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