December, 2011: Innovation Schools Request for Proposals (new)
Boston Public Schools is pleased to announce we are accepting a second round of proposals for Innovation Schools. This new school model, part of the education reform legislation passed last year in Massachusetts, is designed to improve school performance and student achievement through increased autonomy and flexibility and is modeled after BPS’ pilot schools. Our desire is to have our schools provide the very best for students and be on the forefront of innovation in education.
Boston Public Schools is filled with talented and dedicated educators who believe in our students and understand what they need to succeed and have creative ideas they want to pursue. Our desire is to empower teachers even more. If a school community has a vision of how to better serve students as an Innovation School, they can propose a conversion of their current school. We expect that the increased flexibility over curriculum, staffing, budget, schedule/calendar, and professional development that comes with this model may allow a school team to better meet the unique needs of their students. We encourage staff, families, community members or partners to come together submit a proposal for an Innovation School.
Below you will find a Request for Proposals (RFP) that contains the detailed criteria we will be using to evaluate all proposals. You will also find pertinent information regarding the proposal process and timelines. We have set a high bar of excellence for our schools, and proposals will go through a rigorous evaluation process. Each proposal will be evaluated based on academic, financial, and operational criteria. We will only accept the best for our students.
BPS is the oldest public school system is the nation, and our schools continue to lead the nation. This is because of our willingness to adapt when necessary and take advantage of new opportunities. Once again, we face a new possibility with this school model. With our focus on children, we believe the Innovation Schools will set a new positive trend in the history of public education in Boston.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the students of Boston. We look forward to reviewing your proposals.
Dr. Carol R. Johnson