Detroit Public Schools today drew more than 90 participants from 70 different local and national organizations to a DPS Renaissance 2012 Bidders Conference at Renaissance High School for experienced operators interested in chartering the 45 ‘Renaissance Schools’ selected for possible transformation to charter schools.
The conference runs from 9-11 a.m.
As part of the overall process, bidders may identify a school or schools they wish operate, or they may request to be matched to a school or schools by the District. The operator also may be asked to consider providing services to additional, substitute or alternate schools as identified by the district or be given conditional approval to operate a school in 2012.
Emergency Manager Robert C. Bobb opened the conference, which includes details on bidder building walk-throughs, information on the application process and timeline, an overview on how to establish a charter school board and a Menu of Services Presentation by various departments, such as custodial and parental involvement, to show potential operators the services they can purchase from DPS to ease the transition. The event also includes a Q&A and information on the DPS’ current process of serving as a charter authorizer.
“History is being made with each step Detroit takes on its massive educational transformation, and everyone from local parents to national reform experts are watching DPS move in two short years from a school district in which charter schools were cast aside as unwanted threats to the status quo, to one in which a true portfolio of school options are being created,” Bobb said.
“The mission of this conference is to draw experienced, interested operators to give them a thorough overview of the Renaissance Plan and address any questions they may have from the Request for Proposals,” said Bobb. “This is part of our multi-pronged strategy, including our work with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers on the Request for Proposals, to find serious, experienced operators who are able to transform our schools by as soon as the fall, in some cases.”
Potential operators are learning about the opportunity to lease or do lease purchases of the existing DPS buildings. DPS will allow charter school companies that are bidding on DPS schools to conduct building walk-throughs.
Both the leases and the Menu of Services will have the added benefit of generating additional revenue for DPS.
The walk-throughs for possible operators will take place, by appointment, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday April 18-Wednesday April 20. In order to receive an appointment, bidders will be pre-screened through the DPS Office of Charter Schools Monitoring. Charter school boards are not required to lease a district building as a condition of receiving an award of a charter. However, charter schools must be located within the neighborhood boundary served by the school to be closed.
The Menu of Services Presentations by representatives from various departments include information from the following departments:
– Facilities Maintenance and Grounds
– Food Service
– Pupil Accounting
– Testing and Evaluation
– Title I Management
– Parental Involvement
The charter from DPS would be for 5 years, with renewals based on performance. Operators can apply if they have run a charter school in Michigan for at least 3.5 years.
DPS is seeking operators that meet the following criteria:
– Demonstrate at least a 90 percent graduation rate in an operator’s existing school or schools, the district’s rigorous expectations for charter proposers also includes demonstration of;
– Have a recognized model for academic quality;
– Have at least 75 percent of students demonstrate proficiency on state math
– Have at least 75 percent proficiency on state reading exams;
– Have experience in urban educational settings with more than 500 students;
– Have a willingness to hold conversations with the communities surrounding each
To learn more, go to www.detroitk12.org/Renaissance2012