May 20, 2012
Anne Kandilis, a Board Trustee of Sabis International Charter School in Springfield, writes this opinion article about the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's recent denial of a proposal by SABIS to establish a new charter for a second school, the Springfield Preparatory Charter School, for the second year in a row.
Sabis International Charter School currently has a waiting list of more than 2900 students. Among the successes of the school, Kandilis notes the 100 percent college acceptance rate for the exisiting Sabis charter school seniors for the 11th year in a row; the over $8 million in scholarship awards the graduating class has received; and U.S. News & World Report’s Ranking of the Nation’s Best High Schools, which recently ranked the charter in the top 25 percent of the state’s high schools.
Kandilis states that "the time has come for the wait to end. These facts speak for themselves. The community needs – and wants – this second charter school."