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Chipman charter proposal presented to school board

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71A group of about a half dozen parents and school staff presented a charter proposal for Chipman Middle School to the School Board on Tuesday night.

The new Academy of Alameda Charter School would replace Chipman, which is faced with a federally mandated overhaul because students there have failed for four years to meet all of their testing standards under the No Child Left Behind law.

“Facing imminent sanctions, the Chipman community took on task of looking ahead. We think that we have found a better way to serve the interests of our incredibly diverse student body,” said Ron Whittaker, a parent with a seventh grader at Chipman who presented the charter application during the board’s general public comment period.

School Board President Mike McMahon said the charter application would be turned over to district staff and that Superintendent Kirsten Vital would establish a timeline for reviewing it at the school board’s next meeting.

Parents and staff at the school have been working to develop a charter proposal since June and were expected to present it to the school board this month.

As a charter, Chipman would have more flexibility in spending much of its money than it does now. and would also receive state funding to get up and running. But the school would draw enrollment and funding from the district and it might not get the same facility it is currently housed in, and items including services for students and union participation would have to be worked out.

This past year, Chipman did not meet test score growth targets for Filipino students and students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, state test score data show.

A copy of the school’s charter proposal was not available Tuesday night.

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  • Dennis Green says:

    I have a meeting scheduled with Superintendent Kirsten Vital next week, and will ask her about her view of charter schools in general and she will share with me the AUSD budget and its shortfalls. But our meeting will be off the record, so I will take notes on general ideas, but will not quote her or any specific parts of our conversation. I worked closely with way past Supe Dennis Chaconas, and have some views of my own about AUSD enrollment declines and the reduction of class size, as well as tenure and teachers' unions, so stay tuned…

    Dennis Green

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