MATHS must wait for decision on charter extension
With one member absent, the eight city school board members at last night's meeting were evenly divided over whether to give the Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences a two-year contract extension or shut the school down. Four were in favor of the extension, two were opposed, and there was one abstention and one recusal. So, the motion for the extension did not carry. Dr. Alonso said he'll bring the matter back before the board in another two weeks, when hopefully all nine members will be present and the vote will go one way or the other.
Alonso is recommending the extension for the city's first charter high school despite its alarmingly high suspension rate. He says it's a school that parents want to send their kids to, so he's willing to work with it to fix its problems. Some board members disagree, since charters are supposed to be shut down if they don't produce good results.