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Imagine Discovery's Charter Agreement Up For Vote

The agreement outlines standards the school must meet to improve its academic performance, and make it eligible for a charter renewal in fall 2013.

Baltimore County Board of Education members weren't happy about the performance of the Imagine Discovery Public Charter School in Woodlawn, which recently had its charter extended for two years.

On Wednesday, the board will vote on the charter agreement for the struggling school that emphasizes the progress it would need to make to improve its academics, and make it eligible for a two or four year charter renewal starting in the 2014-2015 school year. Imagine Discovery has consistently fallen below the county average on standardized state test scores.

The board approved the most recent extension through the 2013-2014 school year, a recommendation of Superintendent S. Dallas Dance, in late August. Prior to the vote, Dance said the extension did not mean he was happy with the school's performance, but wanted to make sure all efforts were exhausted before a decision had to be made about revoking the charter in the future.

Parents of students at Imagine Discovery had appealed to the board during its meetings, saying the charter school offered an alternative to the low performing schools in the area. School officials said Imagine Discovery did not generally perform better than those schools.

Board members will vote on the next extension in fall 2013.

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Kim Ruark November 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Imagine Discovery is a wonderful idea! They have a core curriculum that appears sound. The educators are experienced and genuinely care about the children and strive for their success. The kids are wonderful, so cute in their uniforms, and have parents who are concerned about education. Unfortunately, there are some big problems that have not been solved: The school is in a leased warehouse. There is not enough room for the increased number of students as the school has added a grade each year. When I taught there, I floated into 14 classrooms a week! The boys changed from gym class in my classroom! (I was not in the room at the time...) Every student has a class each day in character development, but it is not graded and therefore a challenge to get kids' commitment to. The great things are that it's small enough to be able to embrace each student. It's too small to get lost in, physically, emotionally and academically, and that is something that will be tragically missed if these students have to get absorbed into the local schools, like Woodlawn Middle. They're having they're own performance problems. http://www.mdreportcard.org/ProgressIntro.aspx?AypPV=14:0:03:0218:3:000000:A The teachers are BCPS employees, some of the school office people are Imagine employees. Give them more space, any support they need, and watch them flourish. It's getting better. The new superintendent was very prudent to not just come in and axe them!

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