Quest lives to teach another year; Peoria Public School Board votes on charter academy’s renewal

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PEORIA, Ill.– Quest Charter Academy will be working with Peoria Public Schools for the next two years.

Monday the District 150 school board voted to approve a two-year conditional contract renewal; at the end of that two years, Quest is expected to improve academic success and work to comply with charter school laws.

This option was one of three given to the board. Members could either:

  • Approve the 5-year renewal on the condition that the parties enter into a charter agreement exception to the Peoria Public Schools’ Board of Education.
  • Deny the 5-year renewal
  • Conditionally approve the 2-year Extension on the condition that he parties enter into a charter agreement acceptable to Peoria Public Schools’ Board of Education.

A charter school is designed to improve students’ proficiency in math and reading through different education techniques and programs.

Peoria Public School leaders say Quest’s performance during its current charter term has not been satisfactory. The re-charting review shows the academy does not have a STEAM program and has not provided learning opportunities for its students.

Quest leaders said their focus is as a STEAM school, priding the school on science technology engineering arts and math. But PPS leaders said that’s not the case.

Board members tonight gave lengthy presentations — detailing academic goals set for the quest. Their data shows that out of eight academic goals, including Ap test scores, graduation rates and more, only one of those goals was met. Two were unmeasurable.

PPS officials also noted that Quest has not offered special education for the past three years, which they said is a violation of state law.

They also note that other schools within District 150 offer more STEAM courses than Quest.

PPS board member Martha Ross said this two-year agreement is setting the school up for failure and adds that she would prefer five years. However, she voted in favor because two years is better than none.

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