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This Week In Schools: Charter School Public Hearing

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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 9:09 am

The most noteworthy item on the schools' calendar this week is the School Board's public hearing on the proposed charter school Loudoun Math & IT Academy Tuesday evening.

The School Board held its first work session on the school's application last Thursday. The applicants aim to open a sixth- through 12th-grade school for about 575 students with a focus on math, science and technology.

Both the school system's senior staff and the School Board's select charter school committee has recommended denial of the application, citing a lack of detail of the school's instruction plan.

Ali Gokce, lead applicant and president of the Loudoun Math & IT Academy’s founding board, said he stands behind the school application, which he and six others have spent almost three years working on.

“Everything in our application has been successfully offered at other schools and/or is currently being offered,” he said, referring to Chesapeake Science Point in Anne Arundel, MD, which the Loudoun Math & IT Academy is modeled after. “It has appeared that people struggle with seeing a school that is not exactly like what they are used to seeing in a Loudoun County public school, yet being different and offering a different approach to educating is what enables a charter school to enhance a local school system.”

The public hearing is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Schools Administration Building, 21000 Education Court in Broadlands.

Here is a glimpse at what else is on the agenda in schools this week:

• School Board’s Health, Safety, Wellness and Transportation Committee meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m. today, School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Broadlands.

• School Board’s Legislative and Policy Committee meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, School Administration Building.

• Student Discipline Task Force meeting, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, School Administration Building.


Welcome to the discussion.


  • LARSELE posted at 4:47 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    LARSELE Posts: 25

    This application has been evolving for seven months. A good analogy would be a student given a take home-open book final exam who keeps coming up short and is sent home time and again until they are able to finally cobble together a passing grade. This is unacceptable in an educational setting.

  • bavarian19 posted at 10:04 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    bavarian19 Posts: 89

    The idea sounds nice, but there has been no concrete plan of how this school will do better than what LCPS currently offers. There have been little specifics of any benefit from this approach in this county.

    I am in full support of public schools, but can not find reasons to believe in any way this would be a wise investment of public tax dollars.