*A Grand Rapids charter school founded by gospel singer Marvin Sapp announced Monday that next school year it will offer classes in grades pre-K to 5, a move administrators say is aimed at meeting demand for the school’s arts and technology driven instructional approach, says MLive.com.
Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology, which opened in fall 2012, currently has about 140 students in 6th-8th grades, meaning its total student body could grow substantially when the new grade levels are added.
“A number of parents expressed interest with their younger students,” said Cynthia Springer, CEO of GREAAT Schools, Inc., which operates the school.
The curriculum at Ellington integrates performance art and technology, including areas such as instrumental music, vocal music, dance, mix-media arts, creative arts and theater arts.
The school is located near the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Burton Street SE at Kingdom Square, which also houses a ministry led by Sapp. This fall, when the new grades are added, all classes will be held in a new, larger building on the property.
Building renovations will be funded through private donations, Springer said.
Read more at MLive.com.
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*Why do we hear so much bad news from the classroom?
When will these select teachers make the connection that the kids they are teaching are the reason they have a job?
Well, two teachers don’t have to worry about making that connection because they will probably not have any connection with children again.
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*Deion Sanders is doing his part for education and has gotten the green light to open a charter school.
The decision was made after several questions were raised about the school’s curriculum and other academic plans.
But it didn’t seem like a popular sentiment among government officials in Texas.
“I have no idea what the applicant plans to do in the classroom, how they plan to instruct the TEKS,” said Michael Soto, D-San Antonio, adding, “I have no idea what they plan to offer in a day to day classroom experience.”
Another politician warned that he didn’t want the charter school application process to turn into the “celebrity of the month club.”
However, others, including the charter school board, are confident education will take place in the philanthropic effort.
Sanders’ Prime Prep will focus on both sports and education and will have two campuses in Forth Wroth with between 650 and 1,000 students.
Shortly after his application was approved, Sanders tweeted:
“GOD IS GOOD! WE GOT IT WE GOT IT WE GOT IT! IM IN TEARS LORD I THANK U LORD I THANK U! PRIMEU PREP ACADEMY WILL OPEN IN 2012 K-12 FREE FREE”