Four independent charter schools run by the Inner City Educational Foundation Public Schools were approved for their five-year renewal, but a few board members were still concerned about low test scores at the schools, and a lack of a plan to help English learners. The ICEF prompted board member George McKenna to read a commentary about not renewing under-performing charter schools.
Board member Richard Vladovic noted that some of the redesignation of English learner students was below the district’s level, and said it was unacceptable. Board member Kelly Gonez noted that the students showed some improvements overall, and board member Monica Garcia said the schools have made great strides.
ICEF CEO Parker Hudnut said after the vote favored all the schools that he knew some improvements need to be made, and there are specific programs to also help the teachers with support. He said they have coaches for the teachers, and also workshops for reading, writing, and math focuses. 'We also know we have specific issues at some of the schools and we are working very directly to improve those situations,' Hudnut said."
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