*The proposed charter school would open in 2015*
There was a lot of emotion Tuesday night on the 4th floor of Stamford’s Government Center. Nearly 200 people packed into the lunchroom for a public hearing on a proposal to bring a new charter school to the city. Modeled after the Bronx Charter School of Excellence in New York, the proposed Stamford Charter School of Excellence would eventually accommodate nearly 400 students from pre-k to 5th grade.
Over 50 people spoke at the hearing, held by the State Board of Education. The founding members of the Bronx school attended with students, parents, and staff to speak about their vision for the new school.
Officials from the Bronx Charter School said Stamford’s minority, special needs, and low-income students are behind their peers academically. Stamford parents, teachers, and school officials didn’t hesitate to defend the city’s school system.
The majority of Stamford residents at the meeting spoke in opposition of the plan. A major concern is that a charter school would segregate Stamford’s students. Many of those who opposed the proposal suggested state funding that would go to the charter school be put into the city’s public schools.
The State Board of Education has a few months to vote on the proposal.
To view the application, visit the link provided:
Stamford Charter School for Excellence Application: http://www.stamfordpublicschools.org/sites/stamfordps/files/u127/stamford_charter_school_proposal.pdf
Stamford Charter School for Excellence Executive Summary: http://www.stamfordpublicschools.org/sites/stamfordps/files/u127/030714_charter_school_executive_summary.pdf