The School Reform Commission meets at 3 p.m. today to settle the fate of Creighton Elementary, which could be converted to a charter or remain a district school. Creighton, in the Northeast, was one of four schools chosen earlier this year for charter conversion, but the move to do so was put on hold by the SRC last month.
Creighton's school advisory council had voted as for a teacher-led turnaround as its first choice for overhaul, and the SRC said it would consider that option. Earlier this week, Chief Academic Officer Penny Nixon weighed in, saying she was not convinced the teacher proposal was strong enough. She recommended it not be adopted.
Now the SRC must decide whether to accept Nixon's recommendation and what happens to Creighton next year. Universal Companies Inc., the nonprofit that already runs several district turnarounds, was the advisory council's second choice, and representatives from the company have been lobbying for Creighton to become a Universal school in the fall.
Speaking at last night's wild SRC meeting, two parents said they had previously backed the teacher-led proposal but were now firmly in the Universal camp. Others still oppose the charter conversion of the school.