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Should this charter school be allowed to stay open?

The Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School in Anne Arundel County is an academic powerhouse, the Washington Post reports. Most of its students get high scores on state standardized tests, and some of them successfully compete in state and international math competitions. But if you look at this assessment by the county’s school superintendent of how the school operates, you might give it a failing grade. Today, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education is considering renewing the school’s charter for five more years. Superintendent Kevin Maxwell has recommended a charter extension despite the big problems he wants fixed at the school, which opened seven years with a middle school and is building a high school by expanding a grade a year. Maxwell wants the school, among other things, to hire qualified and fully certified teachers, reform the board of directors “to reflect the community it serves,” use appropriate procurement and bidding processes for outside contracts, follow board policy for the hiring of foreign nationals, and agree not to allow any of its contractors or subcontractors to “knowingly employ” anybody who has been investigated for criminal activity. The high school, which is adding 11th grade in the fall, is on probation for the next two years. The CSP middle school is not on probation…

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