Allsport Academy's charter revoked after ADOE failing grade

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z 2014-10-24T10:13:38Z Allsport Academy's charter revoked after ADOE failing gradeJamar Younger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools voted last week to revoke the charter of a Tucson school that mixes sports with academics.

The board voted Monday to revoke Allsport Academy's charter, saying the school failed to show progress after receiving an "F" grade in 2011-12 from the Arizona Department of Education.

Moses Montoya, administrator and board chairman for Allsport, said the school, which serves grades 5-9, is appealing the revocation because there hasn't been enough time to properly evaluate student improvement.

The school, at 6211 E. Speedway, has 98 students.

"I feel they did not put enough weight into the consideration of things we've done this year. We want them to look at the plan from the beginning of this year," Montoya said.

According to board documents, the board revoked the charter because the school failed to implement an improvement plan to raise its academic standing, provide evidence of a curriculum aligned with state standards and provide a comprehensive professional-development plan for teachers, among other issues.

The school also failed to meet the board's financial-performance expectations, which indicates it lacked the capacity to improve student academics, according to the board.

Allsport received underperforming labels from the Education Department for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.

In August 2010, the school was given an improvement plan with specific recommendations, such as adopting a curriculum and hiring a certified principal, after receiving its first underperforming label.

State board officials monitored the school's progress over the next couple of years.

School officials submitted a portfolio showing evidence of its progress on April 2, which was followed by a visit to the school from board officials on April 25.

After the visit, board officials decided the school didn't show enough improvement.

Once a charter school receives an "F," the board has to decide whether it will allow the school to keep its charter or revoke it, said DeAnna Rowe, executive director of the board. The decision usually hinges on whether the school has an effective improvement plan.

Montoya said the school started working this year with officials from the Education Department to meet the board's recommendations.

School officials were working to change its curriculum, as well as hire a principal.

Allsport suffered from low test scores on AIMS, the state's assessment test, because students already struggled with state standards before they arrived at the school, Montoya said.

The school caters to young athletes, offering a mixture of athletic programs and academics that will prepare them for high school, he said.

"I hope the board is sympathetic to what our mission is, here in Tucson," he said.

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Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4242. On Twitter: @JamarYounger

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