The school I taught at for the previous three years, Dixon Montessori Charter School (DMCS), was denied renewal by the Dixon Unified School District. The school appealed to the county, who also denied renewal. Sadly my school did not open this year. It has been difficult, especially since we put so much effort into "saving" our school. Our API increased by 115 points in one year thanks to the hard work of students, parents, teachers, and the administration. Sadly, these scores were not released before the district and county voted. However, today the California State Board of Education voted unanimously, 8-0, that our charter should be renewed. DMCS is now a state authorized charter and will open in the fall. In this brief telling of my school's struggles, I wanted to share DMCS's joy and success today. It's been a long process, but well worth it. I deeply appreciate the State Board's sagacious decision and their faith in our school. If anyone else is going through the challenging process of charter renewal, please feel free to ask me questions, and hopefully I'll have something relevant to share.
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