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Hearing on midtown charter school proposal will be held Monday

Citizens of the World wants to open two elementary schools in 2016, serving kindergarten and first grade, and eventually expand the schools through high school.
Citizens of the World wants to open two elementary schools in 2016, serving kindergarten and first grade, and eventually expand the schools through high school. The Kansas City Star

A hearing soliciting public comment on the Citizens of the World proposed public charter school is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library, 4801 Main St.

The Missouri Charter Public School Commission will conduct the hearing to consider the proposal to open the midtown charter school in 2016.

Citizens of the World wants to open two elementary schools in 2016, serving kindergarten and first grade, and eventually expand the schools through high school. The charter operation expect to start with fewer than 300 students and grow to nearly 1,800 after expanding to all grades in 12 years.

The group’s application to the state talks at length about promoting diversity and giving families in the midtown area an opportunity to remain in those neighborhoods during their children’s school years.

It also says the charter would promote constructivism, which it said is “grounded in the fundamental concept that students learn through the process of constructing their own understanding of new information and ideas.”

The charter group will give its presentation on Monday, followed by public comments limited to two minutes per person.

Charter schools are publicly funded, but they operate independently with their own school boards.

The Star

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