Re: DSM: Re: appreciation and credits

From: Mark Ide (mide@rcn.com)
Date: Fri Nov 30 2001 - 18:34:55 EST


Thanks Karen,

I wish you well, and look forward to being of support, if I can be.

Enjoy,

Mark
----- Original Message -----
From: Karen Locke <villagespecialed@charter.net>
To: <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2001 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: DSM: Re: appreciation and credits

> Mark,
>
> We are a public charter school. A lot of the ideas for the school
(letting
> kids decide what to do, school meeting) were taken from SVS. Some things
> (teachers hired by hiring committee-mostly adults, school board also
mostly
> adults ) are partly shaped by state law (e.g. the board must have a
> majority of teachers on it). Kids enroll like they would in any other
> public school, and we get our money from the state (and some money like
> Chapter I and Special Ed. from the federal government). We have about 65
> students k-12. We have our own building located near a pond and a river
in
> Northfield, MN.
>
> I was hired to do mostly Special Ed, but I do lots of things. If anyone
> has students who would like to e-mail students in other democratic
schools,
> please let us know. Many students are getting into e-mail, and it might
be
> helpful for them in gathering information about other practices for school
> meeting proposals.
>
> Karen
>
>
>
>
> At 01:48 PM 11/29/2001 -0500, you wrote:
> >Dear Karen:
> >
> >I don't understand. You are a public school? You are not a free school?
> >What kind of school are you?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Mark
> >
> >
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: Karen Locke <villagespecialed@charter.net>
> >To: <discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org>
> >Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 12:09 PM
> >Subject: DSM: appreciation and credits
> >
> >
> > > Dear folks,
> > >
> > > The people in my school are very, very grateful for your information
on my
> > > past questions. We thank you for taking the time to answer them.
> > >
> > > I realize that some "startup" questions are usually met on a different
> > > listserv, but Mimsy S said we don't qualify to be on it because we're
not
> > > entirely based on Sudbury Valley. So I have another question for
those
> > > schools who are willing to answer.
> > >
> > > We allow students to choose how to spend their time and thus don't
chain
> > > them to "seat time". However, students sometimes transfer out and
then
> > > their new schools call and ask us about credits. What do you all do
about
> > > that request? It's especially difficult (and prioritized) for high
> > > schoolers. What we've been doing is to send their test scores (we
have to
> > > test as a public school) and a list of activities and classes they've
> >taken
> > > part in.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Karen Locke
> > >
> > >
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