Mr. Morgan Brown, Director of the US Dept of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement was in Pueblo today to release the new publication on K-8 charter schools that features Cesar Chavez Academy.
Left to right, the people in the picture are Peggy Littleton, State Board of Education representing the 5th Congressional District; Morgan Brown, US Dept of Education; Lawrence Hernandez, Principal, Cesar Chavez Academy; and Patricia Chlouber, Regional Representative for the US Secretary of Education.
All 1650 students from Cesar Chavez Academy (K-8) and Dolores Huerta Prep HS (9-12) gathered in the DPHS gymnasium. Since the high school just opened its new facility last month, this was the first time the entire K-12 was in the gymnasium. The school floated a private bond through the Colorado Cultural and Educational Facilities Authority for 15 million to cover capital construction costs. The DPHS gymnasium is the largest high school gymnasium in Pueblo; it's second only to the Pueblo Event Center gymnasium.
During his remarks, Morgan Brown stated, "Parents shouldn't have to win an [enrollment] lottery to get a quality education for their children." He commended CCA for holding high expectations for all students and making sure all students are successful.
Dr. Lawrence Hernandez, Principal of CCA said, "What Cesar Chavez Academy has accomplished is neither a miracle nor an accident." He went on to explain that it was the result of hard work and the belief that all students can learn. If students do not score at least 80% on tests, they are remediated with additional supports, which may include one-on-one tutoring.
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2007/10/10022007a.html to see the US Dept of Ed's news release and http://www.pueblochieftain.com/metro/1191419558/16 for the Pueblo Chieftain's report.