Highlander School Gets 3 Year Extension
The public outcry over the fate of popular Highlander Charter School registered with state education officials, who Tuesday reversed an earlier recommendation to close the school next year unless it showed dramatic improvement and instead granted the school a three-year extension.
Highlander supporters said after the meeting that they were relieved the original recommendation was abandoned, but were disappointed the K-8 school was not granted the customary five-year extension permitted under state law.
The arguments made by the school’s supporters swayed the Board of Regents and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.
“We really listened to the feedback that we got, not only from the families but from the leadership of the school and from each of you,” Gist said. “I met with the League of Charter Schools and … with Rose Mary and her board chair and through all of those conversations, really got a better understanding of some of the things people had concerns about in the original recommendations.”
I’m glad they extended. Based on Andrew’s analysis, it seems like Highlander is getting some things right and deserves more time.