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CMSD agrees to sponsor 9th charter

The Board of Education voted Tuesday to sponsor a ninth charter school, and two more are waiting in line.
Citizens Academy III, affiliated with the Cleveland-based Breakthrough Schools management group, would open next school year, leasing an annex at CMSD’s Whitney M. Young Leadership Academy on Harvard Avenue. The charter would begin with an estimated 175 children in kindergarten through second grade and expand to 452 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. 
The board is to vote March 10 on sponsoring another charter, Stonebrook Montessori, that also would open next school year.

Stonebrook Montessori would start with an estimated 108 students in prekindergarten through second grade and expand to up to sixth grade. The school, to be located on East Boulevard near Rockefeller Park, would lease a site from Montessori Development Partnerships and be affiliated with the Avanti Montessori charter management organization.
Another charter, the Global Ambassadors Language Academy, planned to be a preK-8 school with immersion programs in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, hopes to open for the 2016-17 school year. The school board voted Tuesday to renew a preliminary agreement with the school.
Charters are privately managed schools that receive public funds. Nonprofit sponsors, which are required by law, oversee the schools and receive a small percentage of their funding. CMSD also can count students’ test scores with those of the District.

The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for transforming the city’s schools, calls for developing a network of high-performing District and charter schools. The ultimate goal is to provide all children with a quality education, regardless of the source.
While other Ohio districts sponsor charters, CMSD has the largest charter portfolio.

In addition to the charters that CMSD sponsors, the District partners with seven. The charters share 1 mill of a 15-mill operating levy approved by voters in 2012. CMSD receives the rest.