The American Indian Public Charter School, a once-struggling institution that rose to national prominence — and local infamy — under former director Ben Chavis, already has two sister schools (four, if you count the charters started by Chavis’s protege, Jorge Lopez).
Now they’re asking for another one: American Indian Public Charter School – AIM.
At tonight’s board meeting, director Janet Roberts presents the charter petition to the board and the state administrator (who, as of now, makes the call). The decision won’t come down until later, though.
What do you think? People have made some serious complaints about the school’s disciplinary practices in the past, and about Chavis’s temperament, in general. (You can read the profile I wrote last year about Chavis here.) I’m not sure how the school runs now, without his daily presence, but he is still involved.
Still, could the state administrator turn down charter operators who boast some of the highest test scores in the state (967 out of 1,000 on the Academic Performance Index for the original middle school; 958 for the high school; and 917 for the newer middle school)?