A proposed charter school named for Chapel Hill’s first black mayor is spotlighting the local school district’s achievement gap.
Angela Lee, daughter of Howard Lee, the first black mayor of a predominantly white Southern town, has applied to open a charter school in Chapel Hill.
The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School would “provide high-quality K-8 education that places each student on the path to college readiness and closes achievement gaps.”
It would open in August 2012, serving 480 students as an elementary school and expand each year to eventually serve 700 students through eighth grade.
Howard Lee said the school would give students and their parents more options to help them succeed. The application is not meant to place blame or criticize the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
“It’s not my goal to get in a debate with the local system and [I] certainly don’t question the progress they’re making with some students, but some student regardless of what progress is being made can benefit from a different environment,” Lee said.
“Public school can never, in my opinion, rise to the point of having all students rise to the highest level because of the size and the diversity,” he continued. “But a charter school, if it’s run correctly, can take students and give them the more intensified attention that they can’t get in the public schools.”
Read more on this story, including a response from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Superintendent Thomas Forcella, this weekend in the N&O and CHN.