Officials recommend that board approve two charter schools


A committee of Anne Arundel school officials recommended last night that the applications of two proposed charter schools be approved by the Board of Education. However, in making the recommendation, they said they still have questions.

KIPP Harbor Academy and Chesapeake Science Point are expected to open in the fall, but school system officials said they need to know how the new schools would provide for special education and pupil transportation, among other things.

School board members, who also attended the Annapolis meeting, will have until March to vote on whether to give final approval. If that happens, school system officials would negotiate charter agreements with the operators, detailing instructional and business responsibilities.

Representatives of the proposed schools said they understood the board's position, especially because they would be the first charter schools in Anne Arundel. "We're all trying to navigate the waters," said Jallon Brown, who would be principal of KIPP Academy.

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