According to reports, the school’s being placed on probation is due to declining MCAS scores. We take no side on this matter, but many are convinced that the Renaissance does a lot less cherry-picking of its students than competing boutique charter schools. But here’s where we do want to take a side. The Boston School Department has granted the Renaissance permission to open up its own Innovation School in the BPS with virtually no thought or planning.
Here’s an excerpt from the Executive Summary of the proposal that the Renaissance submitted:
“The Renaissance Foundation, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, will engage in the planning and development of a school(s) modeled on the academic program of the successful Boston Renaissance Charter Public School (BRCPS). The planning will proceed in Spring 2012 for a school launch in September 2012. The Renaissance Foundation and district will partner on a school configuration of the district’s choosing: a grades 6-12 middle/high school with academic, career, and military pathways, and/or a K-5 elementary school. The elementary school will be known as the Renaissance Academy. The grades 6-12 school will be known as the Renaissance Hope Academy.
“The mission [of] these Academies will be: To nurture and develop academic, social, and emotional competence while building confidence, character and citizenship among its students, replicating the successful practices of the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School. The grades 6-12 school will extend this mission by preparing global citizens for academic, career, and military success…”