Today’s Examiner carries the news that the Board is currently considering a charter petition from a group of parents and the Ujaama Community Foundation that would establish a K-12 boarding school eventually serving several hundred students.
The idea seems roughly modeled on the SEED school in Washington D.C. , which was created in 1998 by the SEED Foundation (a second site opened in Maryland last year). The program was created to offer inner-city students a rigorous educational program in a protected environment – to help them escape both the troubled schools and the troubled streets of their neighborhoods. (The New York Times wrote an interesting story about the SEED School in D.C. earlier this fall, reprinted on the Foundation’s web site.)
So far the petition has been given a negative recommendation by the Curriculum and Labor/Personnel committees ; Buildings & Grounds and Budget committees will evaluate the petition in the next two weeks. It should return to us for a final up or down vote on Dec. 8.