KCMO gets a new charter school. The Brookside-Frontier Math and Science School will be run in partnership with Harmony Schools (currently off-line), a Texas-based organization. In Missouri, universities can sponsor charter schools, and this one will be sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Across the state line, something of a breakthrough will occur next year. The Maurice R. Holman Academy of Excellence will open in the fall. According to the Kansas City Star, “will be the first charter school in Kansas not sponsored by a school district or other education entity. The North East Business Association is sponsoring the school, which will be at 34th Street and Haskell Avenue.” (Under Kansas law, the KCK district had to approve of the school, however.)
Annette Jackson, a spokesman for the school, says “We are here to complement the public schools. We want to make sure our community is providing the best education for our children.”
Only children who live within the KCK district will be able to attend. We’re not sure whose decision that is, but it’s unfortunate that some children who might benefit from the new school won’t be able to take advantage of it.
Source: New charter middle school opens in KC, August 26.