Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
1/10/2019 - 6:30 PM  
Category:
ITEMS OF BUSINESS  
Type:
Action  
Subject:
3. Action on an Instrumentality Charter School Petition for the Green Tree Preparatory Academy (GPA)  
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
 
Policy:
Admin Policy 9.12 - Charter Schools  
Attachments:
The GPA Charter School Petition  
File Attachment:
GPA Charter School Petition.pdf
 
Background:
On December 21, 2018, a charter school petition was submitted for the Green Tree Preparatory Academy (GPA). GPA is petitioning to create an instrumentality charter school, serving approximately 870 students, in grades 6 through 12. The school is proposing to begin in the 2019-2020 school year.

This item is being presented to the Board pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 118.40, Charter Schools, and Administrative Policy and Procedure 9.12, Charter Schools. Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 118.40(2)(a), the Board must hold a public hearing within 30 days after receiving a petition by MPS teachers to establish a MPS charter school. Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 118.40(c), the Board shall either grant or deny the petition within 30 days after the public hearing.

The educational philosophy at Green Tree Preparatory Academy is that in order to lead or own tomorrow’s businesses, all students must develop the Green Tree Preparatory Academy’s Seven Skills for Success:

Green Tree Preparatory Academy’s educational program is designed to serve students in grades six through twelve. The goal is to provide Milwaukee families with an additional high-performing school option on the Northwest side of Milwaukee.

Middle School
The Green Tree Preparatory Academy’s program will include a high school preparatory program for middle-school students. The program will have a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focus as the new school will continue to participate in the MPS STEM pilot which provides a professional learning community that facilitates the exploration of interdisciplinary approaches, exemplary student-led projects, and integration of project-based learning. Students at the middle school level will also participate in the foreign language exploratory (FLEX) program, which will introduce students to a foreign language with some interpersonal language skills.

High School
Green Tree Preparatory Academy will offer three high-school academies, from which students will be able to choose their academic focus. Each academy will focus on its specialty area in relation to both core course and elective offerings. The three academies that will be offered are:
-Katherine Johnson Academy of College Preparation in which students will engage in rigorous college preparatory courses, including access to early-college high school (ECHS) or dual enrollment programs;
-Charles Drew Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in which students will engage in an interdisciplinary, hands-on, and project-based learning curriculum, including access to apprenticeships and internships; and
-Michelle Obama Academy of Leadership, Business, Law, and Social Justice in which students will engage in a sequence in business, law, and social justice, including access to community projects, service learning, and internships.

Although the Charter School Review Panel has yet to review the petition, due to legal time constraints, it is recommended that the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation (SASI) provide an opportunity for public hearing on the GPA Charter School Petition.
 
Fiscal Impact Statement:
This item does not authorize expenditures.  
Recommendation
That the Committee:

1. give public hearing regarding The Green Tree Preparatory Academy (GPA) instrumentality charter school petition in compliance with Wisconsin Statute 118.40(2)(a), Charter Schools, which requires public hearing within 30 days of a petition’s submission; and

2. direct the Charter School Review Panel to bring its recommendation directly to the Board to comply with Wisconsin Statute 118.40(c), which requires the Board to either grant or deny the petition within 30 days after the public hearing.
 
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Director