Student achievement under scrutiny at Muskegon Heights Public Academy
Caroline MacGregor September 17, 2013 | WGVU Mosaica’s contract
to operate Muskegon Heights Public Academy could be revoked next year if
critical issues like student achievement, teacher training and security are quickly
Manager, Donald Weatherspoon, sent a letter to Mosaica officials earlier
this year, criticizing their performance and threatening to revoke their
contract unless full compliance was met. Student achievement the top concern as
well as problems with the district’s curriculum, and Special Ed program.
In 2012, Mosaica
began operating the district as the country’s first all-charter public school district.
Millions of dollars in debt, academic scores for students were at an all-time
increased scrutiny and pressure to turn around school performance, Weatherspoon
informed Mosaica that huge gaps in proficiency, whether inherited or not, were
unacceptable. Those gaps were as much as two to five grade levels, in certain
When Mosaica originally took with just two months to get the school up and running as
a charter district, immediate problems were noted. Among them, the hiring of teachers, classroom discipline, and state compliance. Problems with teacher
certification were addressed but not before Mosaica had to fork out 90 thousand
in fines to the Michigan Department of Education.
an ongoing issue. Surveillance cameras in the high school have helped along
with increased police patrols outside the school.
This week, Emergency Manager,
Dr. Weatherspoon, has agreed to talk with WGVU about where Mosaica currently
stands on tackling student achievement.
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