The Milwaukee Board of School Directors will likely vote on the petition to create a new instrumentality charter school proposed for the former Lee Elementary School building at 9th and Meinecke tonight at its regular monthly meeting at MPS’ Central Services.
Lee, built in the late 19th century, has been vacant since its program was ended in 2009. In recent months, one plan to open a community school and another plan by St. Marcus -- a sectarian voucher school -- to purchase the site were floated.
Though the site seems unlikely, the plan seems solid.
On Sept. 29, MPS teacher and school coordinator Shawon Leflore-Turnch submitted a petition for a five-year charter for The Marian Wright Edelman Community School, which, the petition stated:
"will be a school that will initially serve 202 students in Head Start (K3) through fifth grade. Sixth grade will be added in year two, seventh grade will be added in year three, and eighth grade will be added in year four. Our school's philosophy of education is grounded in three guiding tenets. These core beliefs are central to the educational experiences that we will provide students. The three guiding tenets are: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Community Connectedness, and Culturally Responsive Behavior Management & Character Education."
According to the petition, the teacher-led school would open in fall 2016 and grow to about 300 students by year four, and will offer wraparound services to students and their families.
The program, the petition reads, would be, "A community school based on the proven models and research from the Coalition of Community Schools will serve multiple functions that will help to uplift our community. The Marian Wright Edelman Community School will be a neighborhood 'hub' that will provide a high-quality, public school educational option in an underserved neighborhood, social service supports for students, families, and the surrounding community, all the while revitalizing the community and th…Read more...