By Katy Murphy
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 at 3:45 pm in charter schools.
District staff wants the state administrator to deny the renewal and expansion of Bay Area Technology School, a charter middle school that opened three years ago. It’s located at 1920 Telegraph Ave, and it serves a predominately African-American student body.
In the denial report, staff says it found the school has “an unsound educational program.” They argued that although its overall API score is higher than that of the average district middle school, its math scores dropped last year. The report also cites previous financial instability, although it notes that the school has since balanced its books.
At tomorrow night’s board meeting, a group of parents plans to challenge the recommendation, said Stephanie Ali, president of the BayTech Parent Club. Ali said she didn’t understand the basis of the denial; she said the academics are rigorous and that students who are lagging behind receive mandatory after-school tutoring.
“Our parents are very fiercely protective of our institution,” Ali said. “I’m expecting for the bleachers to be full.”
They could have to wait for hours. The item comes after the budget hearing, near the tail-end of the agenda.