Eight new charter schools have been proposed for Western Mass: six for Springfield, one for Holyoke (Paulo Freire), and one that apparently has not decided between the two cities (Excellence). The proposals themselves are public information, but they’re not available on the DOE web site. That’s why we’re posting them here (PDFs):
Barbara Rivera Regional Community Action Charter School (prospectus). Affiliated with New North Citizens Council, Barbara Rivera background from Masslive. “Two of the most demoralizing effects of poverty are the absence of the ability to self-advocate or determine and the likelihood of encompassing generations in a vicious cycle.”
Harvest Academy of Learning (prospectus). Emphasis on service learning, no emphasis on food or agriculture.
Unique School & Academy (prospectus). Emphasis on academics, athletics, and vocational skills. Affilitaed: State Rep. Ben Swan, MCDI executive director, Boys and Girls Club executive director, former Boston Celtic.
Collegiate Charter School (prospectus). Emphasis on college preparation, leadership, and citizenship. Affiliation with American International College. Board includes Northampton superintendent, retired Holyoke superintendent, Springfield Urban League president
Veritas Prepatory Charter School (prospectus). Emphasis on high expectations for all students. “Supporters” include: The Davis Foundation, The Springfield Republican, The Springfield YMCA, The Springfield Urban League. “Paycheck token economy system” will be used to “reward and grow student behaviors that we want to see.”
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School (prospectus). Proposed director is the founder and director of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts charter school. “Paulo Freire will have programs throughout the school year, an extended day, virtuallearning programs, adult literacy classes, a summer academy and community building activities. The school will model social justice values and norms, and will build a collective awareness to foster equality and respect for all individuals.” See video below.
Excellence Charter School (prospectus). Special emphasis on math, computers, and Tae Kwon Do (logo, right).
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