Aurora Public Schools sever contract with one Charter School and express additional concerns about inappropriate contact between CDE and another charter
According to an Aurora Sentinel article, Aurora Public Schools Superintendent, Rico Munn, advised the district school board to sever their contract with Aman STEAM Academy due to low enrollment. Recently, Munn considered delaying the opening of the charter school by one year upon an agreement with the Aman board to add a full-time project manager, and more finance, capital/facilities, academics and human resources professional experts. Jim Haessler, president of the Aman school board, expressed that the school was unable to comply with Munn’s requests, thus sparking the decision to cut ties with the charter school.
Further charter school problems for APS are indicated by a Douglas County-based charter school network HOPE Online Learning Academy, which currently operates five online learning centers in the district, successfully appealed to the state board after the Aurora school board voted to discontinue the district’s relationship with the schools. APS administrators supported their decision by citing a lack of accountability, poor ratings from the State Review Panel, unsatisfactory test scores and persistent turnaround status.