Our own Cesar Chavez Academy in Pueblo is being promoted nationally by the US Dept of Education as a charter school raising student achievement with a high minority and poverty population. Here's what the Pueblo Chieftain had to say: http://www.chieftain.com/metro/1187298924/6
Here's a video clip from the local Pueblo TV station: http://www.koaa.com/video/news/index.asp?cat=news&id=8620
Cesar Chavez Academy will be featured in an upcoming educational news segment http://www.ed.gov/news/av/video/edtv/index.html put on by the US Dept of Ed. In addition, the school will be featured in the Office of Innovation and Improvement's fall publication highlighting successful charter schools.
Cesar Chavez Academy opened in 2001 in a school district-vacated elementary school. Leaders later added Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School in modulars on the same campus. The high school will open on a new campus in Pueblo next month. The school has developed into a network of schools and will be opening a new location in east-central Colorado Springs this fall. All of the schools have waiting lists.
I love Lawrence's quote in the video clip: "We have a real simple formula, and that is a very rigorous curriculum program, highly committed staff, and a do whatever it takes attitude," said Dr. Hernandez. He's not kidding! These staff members and students are some of the hardest working in the state! Lawrence is a data nut! Everywhere on the walls of the schools are graphs and charts: % of parents signing that they listened to their child read, CSAP scores, and how many students turned in their homework. Not only does the school know exactly where they're at with individual classrooms, the teachers can tell you exactly where each individual student is and how they're expected to score on an assessment.