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CCSD board defiant against state charter schools

Posted at 11:47 PM, Dec 08, 2016
School board members are refusing to prioritize the list of schools being considered for transfer to the new Achievement School District.
 
The decision came after hours of discussion over the plan Thursday evening.
 
The state has identified nine underperforming schools under consideration for the new district that will convert them to charters.
 
Principals at the schools under consideration say they are already seeing improvements under Clark County School District’s programs and said the state program will likely create a sense of competition.
 
“The school climate and culture has been changed and we know that that academically they're coming. We wish we had back data from the year before to compare because I believe it would be up," said Gregory Cole, principal at Bailey Middle School.
 
Up to six schools can be chosen for the Achievement School District.
 
Two charter operators have been approved to work in the new district with a third earning conditional approval.
 
The superintendent of the ASD says Thursday’s meeting was a chance to for the CCSD to have input in the final choice.
 
“I continue to believe that there have been some good things that are happening across our district partners,” Superintendent Jana Wilcox Lavin said. “We honor those things. And the achievement school district is here to help accelerate those and I'm disappointed we're not going to work in partnership. I'm still hopeful that will happen and I believe that's the right thing for kids."
 
The state board is set to narrow the list of schools next week.
 
A final decision is set to be made in February.