Despite an appeal from a large number of parents and community members, the district 186 school board voted again to close the Capital College Preparatory Academy, or CCPA.
Hear the report from Rachel Otwell:
The board voted for a second time to close Capital College Preparatory Academy, or CCPA. Though the board considered tabling the vote in order to look into keeping the school open in come capacity, like as a “school within a school” – that suggestion was voted down as well. CCPA teaches mostly low-income students in grades 6 through 8 and aims to put them on the path toward higher education. Supporters of the school, which opened in 2010, point to stats that show it’s improving academic performance of students. At times board president Susan White struggled to keep angry members of the public, mostly parents, from yelling over the proceedings.
Here’s Robert Ogden, PTA president for CCPA, addressing the board:
OGDEN: “You’re closing the wrong program… and education is not something that we can afford to back off of.”
Ogden says he thinks that under a new school board, Capital College Preparatory Academy may still have a fighting chance. Board members who voted to close it say it will help the district save needed money.