This morning the Charter School Institute board heard the Provost Online Academy charter proposal and interviewed prospective board members. The 4-inch application had numerous gaps that were identified by CSI board members. The board asked the applicants to consider withdrawing their application for a 2009 opening and instead apply again late summer for a 2010 opening. The Edison Learning Company will manage the Provost Academy.
This afternoon the CSI board heard the Calvert Online Academy charter proposal. Applicants withdrew the application just prior to the board's vote, knowing that it would be denied. Board members encouraged the applicants to come back with another application that was more thorough. Calvert already manages several brick and mortar schools; this would have been its first online academy.
Brief "spotlight" reports were given by the leaders of Colorado Springs Early College and The Pinnacle Charter School. The Pinnacle hosted today's CSI board meeting.