The Denver faculty board votes to shut a constitution faculty for low check scores — science weblog


STRIVE Prep — Kepner, a constitution center faculty in southwest Denver, will shut on the finish of this faculty yr after the Denver faculty board voted Thursday to shutter it for low check scores. 

The college has a “purple” ranking and its college students scored within the first percentile on state math and studying exams final spring, in response to a district memo recommending closure.

The closure vote was uncommon for 2 causes. The Denver faculty board hasn’t voted to shut a constitution faculty since 2011, although greater than a dozen have surrendered their charters voluntarily over the previous decade, usually due to low enrollment. The STRIVE Prep community is surrendering the constitution for one more of its faculties, Lake, this spring.

The college board additionally hasn’t voted to shut a college — district-run or constitution — for low check scores since 2016 when it closed district-run Gilpin Montessori. It hasn’t voted to shut faculties for low enrollment, both. In November, the board rejected a suggestion from Superintendent Alex Marrero to shut a set of small district-run faculties.

Although faculty closures are sometimes controversial and spark forceful pushback, the vote to shut STRIVE Prep — Kepner was fast. There was little dialogue amongst board members. Vice President Auon’tai Anderson was the one member to vote no. He mentioned he opposes closing any faculty with out strong neighborhood engagement, which he mentioned didn’t occur on this case.

“I wish to acknowledge the ache that some households could also be sitting with proper now,” he mentioned.

STRIVE Prep didn’t publicly oppose the superintendent’s suggestion to shut its Kepner faculty, and no academics or mother and father spoke throughout a particular public remark session Tuesday. 

In a letter to households final month, STRIVE Prep acknowledged that it fell brief at its Kepner faculty, which opened in 2016 as a alternative for struggling district-run Kepner Center Faculty.

“STRIVE Prep requested for the chance to function Kepner to raised ship for youths and households, and regardless of our greatest efforts, we didn’t stay as much as our guarantees,” the letter reads.

Constitution faculties can attraction closures to the State Board of Training. However STRIVE Prep is not going to attraction the Kepner closure, spokesperson Julia Virnstein mentioned.

STRIVE Prep — Kepner has 178 college students this yr, Virnstein mentioned. District knowledge for final yr exhibits 91% of the college’s college students had been Hispanic, 86% certified for sponsored faculty meals, and 82% had been English language learners, which is much above the district common. 

The college is a part of Denver’s second-largest constitution community. Its sixth and seventh graders might want to discover new center faculties subsequent yr. Denver Public Faculties’ window for households to decide on faculties for subsequent yr opens Friday. Some STRIVE Prep college students might select to attend Kepner Beacon, a district-run center faculty that shares the Kepner campus.

The board on Thursday accepted 19 different constitution faculties to maintain working inside Denver Public Faculties. The board voted to resume their charters for intervals starting from one to 5 years, relying on the colleges’ tutorial efficiency and different components.

Melanie Asmar is a senior reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado, protecting Denver Public Faculties. Contact Melanie at masmar@chalkbeat.org.





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