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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 04/ 5/2010

Charter schools in Montgomery?

By Washington Post editors

Montgomery County parents may soon have two new educational choices. Charter school backers have applied to open two new public charter schools in a county already known for excellent schools, The Examiner reports.

Global Garden would serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade with an International Baccalaureate program as well as Spanish and Arabic language instruction. Backers of the school hope to open the campus in Rockville near White Flint Mall.

A second campus, Community Montessori, is proposed by Crossway Community Inc., a Kensington nonprofit focused on providing educational programs to low-income single mothers and their children. The school would focus on education pre-kindergarten through third grade students and would add one grade each year until sixth grade. It would be located near Kensington.

By Washington Post editors  | April 5, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
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Are you kidding me. They are going to take money away from county schools in these times to start two charter schools. If the school system needs to layoff workers now they should find the employees that came up and approved this dumb idea.
Less goverment more accountablity.

Posted by: jamesf1 | April 5, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Many folks do not clearly understand how public charter schools in Maryland are funded. I'm not sure James realizes that either of these proposed public charter schools would be funded by per-pupil allocations commensurate with those made to any other public school, and because they must open enrollment (by lottery) to ANY student in the county, a public charter school can serve more of the whole student population. In what way does this "take money away from county schools"? In our view, a public charter school offers innovative options for families at the same cost as a traditional public school--or less, since we must provide our own facility.
A note about Global Garden Public Charter School: we are still searching for a facility, and "Rockville near White Flint Mall" is not our first choice; it is merely one option. Ideally we hope to locate in Wheaton if possible.

Posted by: globalgardenpcs | April 6, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Just what the U.S. DOESN'T need, a GlobalGarden charter school catering to Spanish and Arabic. Stop using U.S. taxdollars on this communist program - send IBO back to Geneva. You want to run IB programs to indoctrinate our youngest students, open a private school!

Posted by: lisamc31 | April 6, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Haha, I went to and even though I can see why people would have beef with IB, the website just made me more pro-IB than I had been before. "Mother Earth Day"? Rock On IB!

Posted by: carlherman | April 6, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

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