Organizers have been trying to get the state to approve a charter school in Columbus which would serve 7th through 12th grade students living in southern Luna County, including American citizen students living in Palomas, Mexico.
Supporters say the school – which would feature a non-traditional school year, longer school day and partner organizations – also would allow parents to be more involved in their children’s education.
And organizers have petitioned for another charter school in Deming. The Academic Opportunities Academy would be a self-paced, individualized, multi-grade educational program serving grades 1-12 using a detailed curriculum mapping database.
The Public Education Commission met with Columbus and Deming residents and officials last month to receive input on the proposed charter schools.
The state’s Charter School division will make recommendations on the applications to the commission Wednesday and Thursday, then applicants will have 15 minutes to make their presentations.
Following a question-and-comment period, the commission members will vote to approve or deny each application.