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Alabama's first conversion charter schools coming to Montgomery

Post Date:12/20/2018 10:59 AM
MONTGOMERY -- Mayor Todd Strange today joined state and local education officials to announce the Montgomery Education Foundation's formal approval on December 19 by the State Department of Education to create Alabama's first conversion charter schools by fall 2019. The Montgomery County Board of Education and MEF must enter into a contract to drive the development of the charter schools. Once formalized, Davis Elementary, E.D. Nixon Elementary, Bellingrath Middle School and Lanier High School will convert to charter schools over a four year period, while still remaining part of the Montgomery Public Schools system. All schools will remain MPS property and the Board of Education will still maintain many fiscal and administrative duties. However, MEF will manage the schools and assume instructional delivery duties. School names will be retained, and most importantly, the same students zoned to attend these schools today will have a seat at these schools tomorrow. MEF plans to forge a formal partnership with the Alabama Department of Education, Montgomery Public Schools and the greater Montgomery community to provide new and innovative learning environments, increased accountability, improved teacher support and raised expectations in the proposed conversion charter schools. Leading up to their launch, ongoing community listening, learning and planning sessions will be conducted. A minimum of 20% of each school’s unique board will be comprised of parents. ###
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