South Pike County Superintendent Roger Featherston told his school board last week New Tech Network has approved the district’s application to become a New Tech school and that the district is now awaiting word from the state whether an application to become a conversion charter school will be approved.
The school district submitted the conversion charter application to the Arkansas Board of Education in October and Featherston said he expects the state board to rule on the application in February.
The state Department of Education defines a conversion charter schools as “public schools of choice that operates with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The charter establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals, students served and methods of assessment.” Charters are granted for a period of up to five years, and at the end of the term, the state board may renew the school’s contract.Read the full article »
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