District 150 may vote on Quest rechartering on Monday; Kherat calls Quest “not satisfactory”

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PEORIA (HOI) – District 150 Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat describes the performance of Quest Charter Academy during the current charter term as “not been satisfactory,” according to an action item in the agenda for the November 11 meeting.

Three options are listed in the document to be deliberated and proposed during Monday’s meeting:

  • Option one entails approving a third five-year renewal of the charter, beginning FY2020-21 through FY2024-25, assuming the Quest and Peoria Public Schools enter into an acceptable agreement. This option also acknowledges Quest’s failures and describes them as “significant in violation of the Charter School Law and have not been in the best interest of the student it serves.” It also leaves open the option for the revocation before the expiration of the term.
  • Option two denies rechartering, with language emphasizing the option doesn’t mean a charter school may not be in the best interests of Peoria students. The options describes Quest as not improving an elementary student’s proficiency in math and reading or having a STEAM program.
  • Option three would be a renewal of a probationary two-year period which would allow the school to “right its ship” and that it must “show significant progress in addressing its shortcomings.”

Both options two and three state that Quest has “failed to comply with charter school laws” and it is “not in the best interest of the students.”

Monday, Nov. 4th, many came to speak in support of the charter school at a public meeting. To hear what they had to say, click here.

Jason Howell

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