March 8, 2005
The achievement gap within the Charlottesville school system has been a hot topic recently, and members of the community are asking the school board to consider a different kind of middle school.
The proposal is for a community public charter school for at risk kids, who are two or more years behind in reading and math.
The school would provide alternative and innovative learning that would emphasize education in and through the arts.
Bobi Snow, one of the women who came up with the proposal, says the achievement gap is a real problem, and she's happy to be working on behalf of the kids. "We represent the kids. We're doing this for a bunch of kids, and so it feels great to be able to be advocates for the kids--the best part of being a teacher. So we feel grateful to have this role, and maybe see it to fruition," Snow said.
If approved by the school board, the charter school will open in September 2006.