We are pleased to announce the release of the BPS Autonomous Schools: 2014-15 Application Process and Deadlines, a document that outlines a clear and transparent application process, including key deadlines and criteria for creating high quality Innovation and Horace Mann Charter schools within BPS. For those seeking to open a school for the 2014-15 school year, we ask that all applicants honor this timeline and process when submitting proposals to the district. We expect this process to be replicated each year. This year we hope this effort initiates a standard, predictable, and transparent process that will bring clarity and increased quality to overall planning for both the district and potential applicants.
While numerous programmatic changes and quality improvements are already planned and will be implemented across the district in 2014-15, BPS also plans to support the creation of a limited number of both Innovation and Horace Mann Charter Schools. For this year, only the highest quality applications that address the district’s priority areas of need will receive support and all applications from existing schools must be approved by the relevant Assistant Superintendent for Networks. Our priorities for 2014-15 include:
• Increasing school quality in neighborhoods with lower levels of access
• Closing the achievement gap and raising achievement for all students
• Expansion of inclusion schools and programs and improving quality of special education
• Expansion of dual language schools and programs and improving quality for English Language Learners
• Expansion of quality programs and seats in Early Childhood Education
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.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the students of Boston. We look forward to reviewing your proposals.
Dr. Carol R. Johnson