Monday, April 24, 2006

If you can't beat 'em, move in with 'em

DCPS's Scott Montgomery Elementary and a new KIPP charter school are looking to forge a unique arrangement by merging together under one roof. However, unlike other facilities sharing arrangements the roof won't be the only thing that they are sharing.
Under the proposal, Scott Montgomery Elementary and a new charter middle school, run by the nationally acclaimed KIPP organization, would share a building, with Montgomery students moving to the KIPP school after fourth grade. The two schools would collaborate on curriculum and teacher training to make the transition as seamless as possible.
The proposed merger is not without its critics. Some fear that this arrangement would lead to more student defections out of the public school system. Others wonder how the school can guarantee that Montgomery students would be enrolled within the KIPP school after fourth grade since the current charter rules stipulate that a charter school cannot give preference to students from a certain school or neighborhood.

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