Innovation Pioneers Manual & Montclair Win DPS Backing, Move to State Board
When I say “Top o’ the mornin” to you today, I really mean it. Good news! What is it, you say? Yesterday I hoped out loud that the Denver Public Schools board would make the right decision about the state’s first two “innovation school” proposals.
Well, sometimes your hopes and dreams do come true. At least, so reports Rebecca Jones for Ed News Colorado:
By a 4-3 vote, the board agreed to forward the proposals from Manual High School and Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment on to the state Board of Education, which will consider the requests on Thursday.
If approved – and state officials have already indicated they feel the schools’ proposals are in order – Manual and Montclair will be given broad leeway to waive district policies and union contract provisions on everything from staffing to scheduling to teacher compensation. They will have many of the same freedoms as charter schools, but unlike charter schools, will still be directly accountable to the DPS board.
On the fast track for the world of education, the waiver requests from Manual and Montclair are scheduled to go before the State Board of Education later this week. After (hopefully) receiving approval from the State Board, many eyes will be on these two schools as the pioneers in the “innovation school” movement.
If these two east Denver schools can prove some success with greater flexibility, there may be others in Colorado following not too far behind.